“What is conceivable can also happen.”
“Art is not art except as it leads to an engendering creativity in its beholders.”
Tantra means “the weaving”. Tapestry is a form of tantra: vertical warp threads, Purusha, unchanging and unseen, the ground of being holding all together; horizontal weft threads, Maya, ever-varied and visible, the outward manifestation. Their union forms an image that, like matter itself, appears to be continuous but is in actuality composed of quantified units: materially-speaking fibers, conceptually-speaking pixels. Tapestry is never free from the grid, but with the help of creative consciousness is able to sabotage it from within. The precise and time-consuming process is, in itself, a statement against the current emphasis on what is ephemeral and dispensable.
In my imagery, I attempt to access the point where magic, science, religion, art and nature intersect, and a conjunction of opposites, a complementarity (both this and that), is achieved, in the hope of narrowing the gap between the ideal and the practical. Through a density of information, I strive to initiate a dialogue with my audience and to speak to a variety of interpretations. Just as my work is a way for me to know my own consciousness, I want it to provide a pathway for others to know their own consciousness. I am particularly interested in releasing my artworks into lives of their own in which relationships with their viewers are formed without my conscious manipulation. I do not want my artwork to say the same thing to everyone, nor do I want it to be bounded by the time in which it is made. This requires that I explore a great diversity of themes and iconography rather than closing out avenues of imagination other than my own by exhaustively working out a few central ideas. As Shunryu Suzuki Roshi writes, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s there are few.” …Read More