These paintings extend the abstract expressionist tradition of Jackson Pollack and Mark Rothko. Non-narrative in format, the paintings are windows onto the biological soul and are reflections of a moment in time ~ they are not meant to be referential, they are not meant to be sentimental; they are meant to be held in quiet contemplation just as if one were sitting at a symphonic concert. If the experience of the moment could be conveyed in words, the paintings would not need to exist. But the moment cannot be conveyed in words. Thus the universe of these paintings.
I am not a maker of images. ~ Rumi
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I have been making these drawings since I was three years old. A pencil and paper in the hands of a child usually result in uncontrolled scribbles. I, however, drew horizontal lines, often with curly-cues. It is as if I came into this life ready to write.
Before I could read, I would see my mother make a shopping list or write a note and know it was something powerful, something magical ~ it had meaning. Surely, I was imitating her as I drew, hoping myself to create magic and meaning.
In one sense, these paintings are about writing a poem ~ the lines are smooth and graceful and musical. In my poetry, no single word draws attention to itself from the others ~ the poetic lines are as unselfconscious as the painted ones.
In another sense, these paintings are really about the act of creation ~ drawing art from the experience of the divinity of the world, creating symbols to communicate the incommunicable.
While not depicting literal language, these paintings share the Asian aesthetic for appreciation of the graphic quality of writing itself as art. The cycle of paintings depicts the place where pure idea and language mingle, where language forms from an abstract concept. This "pre-language" calligraphy allows the art to access a more universal, primal vocabulary.
The process of creating these paintings is an active meditation and maintaining the meditative state is crucial to their execution. And the transference of that meditative state is available to the viewer open to a spark of magic.
SOLD (see film)
SOLD (see film)