Art, not unlike science, is a quest for a new, greater understanding and expression of ourselves and our universe. My own process of discovery through art, however, is not scientific. It is more akin to an esoteric or even spiritual approach to the unknown. It is not fueled by finding some kind of answers, but rather, finding new and innovative ways of asking better questions. When I feel most tuned in to my process, I experience the sensation of being a conduit rather than a creator. It is as if the ideas come through me rather than from me, as if I am only a medium giving the abstract a physical form. This act of channeling and creation brings meaning to my existence. The source is the great mystery and I believe, unknowable and therefore infinite. The same conclusion is often derived through scientific exploration, the edges of Universe always loom beyond our sight around the next bend. What is most important is the journey, because ultimately, that is all there is.
It is apparent to me that individuals live within their own experience. This is, in fact, what makes each person an individual. As much as one would like to communicate or reproduce one’s experience for others, it is simply not possible to fully do so. Unique experience is a result of a litany of variables including: the way sensory information is gathered, processed, stored, recalled, forgotten, and cross referenced, as well as, culture, belief system, upbringing, socio/economic status, previous experiences, genetics, and mood. All of these factors and more play an interwoven part in defining a person’s experience.
My work explores the concept of experiential relativity. The purpose is to draw attention to and sometimes exploit the discrepancy that exists from person to person. By recognizing the differences in what is being experienced, I hope to bring to light the fact that each of our experiences is quite limited and far from a comprehensive view of the whole. From this may come a lesson of tolerance. While I believe that none of us are capable of fully experiencing “the whole,” I long for those moments when I catch a glimpse of a larger understanding and everything feels lighter. This sensation, the moment of epiphany, is what I strive to evoke in my viewers.
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