We walked and walked for many ages-
Our goal was always on the horizon,
As such, we never reached it.
We realized after some time,
that it wasn’t that which laid on the horizon,
but the horizon itself which we desired.
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A continuing rhythmic movement made of composite links in a chain that cannot be broken makes defining one aspect as apart from another impossible. Insofar as the endeavour is one of realization and visualization, it is the vehicle of consciousness that is paramount and transformative; The natural world, its unfathomable depths of beauty and mystery of ‘Being’; the desire for consolidating consciousness, spiritual and material realities, are at the heart of my creative vision. Technology and mass consumption are rapidly obliterating, not only much of Earth’s resources and working order, but also our sense of humanity in relation to and as part of nature, and so beyond a personal transcendental journey, the work is a lament, an ode and a prayer for a lost world, which is nonetheless forever present and timeless.
My practice centres on painting, drawing and etching. Process led, it is engaged with creating spaces and finding depths within and beyond the two-dimensionality of the surface. A meditational and material exploration through the chosen mediums informs the work from the onset; the process enfolds the notion of space as primary and ubiquitous in both material and cognitive realities, hence, unveiling the illusory space becomes a way of consolidating and realizing a profound harmony and an integral reality that is as much about limitless consciousness and abstraction as it is about a distinct physicality and definition. Notions of infinity, polarity, pure energy and the seeking of equilibrium within this state of constant flux are central to my work.
The space calls on the viewer’s imaginative and psychological reflection- projected not only within the pictorial space, but also crucially over time where a gradual unfolding of the visual field occurs. A dialogue between the image and the viewer may then become a dynamic and transformational space of lucid perception. The elucidated spaces lead onto pathways between internal and external, personal and collective realities, between terrains of consciousness and the subconscious; the experience of form as transient- a continuous movement of energy and unfolding of meaning- leading to experience the ‘formless’ substance of consciousness. Projecting one’s consciousness beyond the obvious and immediate reality- a depth of observation of both objective and subjective kind- act as crucial agents and as meaningful acts of engagement with life.
In practical terms and alongside the concern for the spatial aspect of the image, a dialectics between illusory space and the pictorial plane, surface and material qualities, remains a dynamic as well as a critical engagement with the medium of painting. A dichotomy between imminence and transcendence is challenged, and proposed as mutually reinforcing and complementary potentialities of consciousness and sensory experience.
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