2016 "A Concrete Reality" 24" x 18"
" Art is But a Simile of Creation" Paul Klee 1879 - 1940
As I portray aspects of our urban industrialized landscape, I am reminded of the complexities that creation can present: powerful, majestic, harmonious, yet vulnerable, fragmented and broken.
I marvel at the beauty of nature and am intrigued with the impact that industry and architecture has on the natural world. I recognize the dichotomy of change and the necessity to co-exist in this diverse and complex world. All this provides inspiration and becomes my reality.
Working in mixed media and encaustic, I am drawn to the latter for the luminous appearance, unpredictable challenges and therapeutic qualities of wax. The process of applying and scraping back bees' wax is intriguing; often revealing layers of unusual striations, patterns and textures.
Concrete forms the foundation for many of my compositions and reclaimed pieces of metal are strategically incorporated. Juxtaposed against these materials the tree becomes a metaphor for life, signifying the passage of time while geometric shapes and planes represent stability in an ever changing society.
Photographs of the urban environment become a source of reference, are often manipulated, transferred and fused between layers of wax. Mappings, surface markings, renderings and text, are components that help stimulate the creative process and bring the artistic journey to completion.
Through the integration of these diverse elements and characteristics, I hope to restore an equilibrium between nature and industy, while striving to maintain a reverence for the relationship between our natural and man-made worlds.