The 3 bodies of work presented here – Photo Montage on Metal, Chinese Windows, and Painted Works – appear diverse. But they all share my delight in exploring the miracle that is human vision. I am interested in how each person has a vision of the world that is unique to that person. This vision is created by their path in life – a set of experiences that imbue what is seen with meaning. All humans thirst for meaning and vision is often the sense that we rely on to create that meaning because it is immediate, vital. The seed for these works is my desire to share my one-time eyeing - my “I-ing” - of this world. The beauty of this adventure I have been on is seeing the resonances and the dissonances that my artworks have inspired in others who chose to take something I created - something beyond words, something of visual meaning - home with them to explore. Take a look. What do you see?
PHOTO MONTAGE ON METAL
This series, my most recent, explores what happens in the brain’s visual cortex in response to the simultaneous perception of color contrast (what the cone cells in our eyes respond to) versus value contrast (what the rod cells in our eyes respond to). The pieces are visually intriguing, ready to hang, and affordable. The 16” x 16” stainless steel surfaces the photographs are printed on have rounded edges and a white half-inch border. The pieces can be enjoyed individually or in groups of three, or grid patterns of nine. Photographs are of flowers, glass, reflections, water, graffiti, and windows. The images are combined in a grid pattern and form a visual cross.
The beautiful, antique, Chinese window frames that form the nucleus of this series have a history that goes back 3000 years. That actual windows used date from 75 to 200 years ago. The patterns of these lattice structures signify archetypal energies related to form: the square for stability; the circle for heaven; the vertical line of consciousness bisecting the horizontal line of temporal existence. I was attracted to their unique and complex design, the rich textures of the aged woods, and the fact that each one has its own unknowable history. My subject is vision itself and the over 50 pieces in this series explore some aspects of how we see, not just with the eye, but with the mind. Only 14 of these windows remain unsold.
One-third of the human brain is concerned with processing visual stimuli. It is this marvelous process of vision; this emulsion of what we see and how we respond to it in our own complex and totally unique way; that draws me back to the studio. We live at a time where the actual ways in which the brain "sees" are being defined. Many of these mechanisms were first discovered by artists who, freed from the shackles of representational art by the advent of photography, we're able to intuit from their own visual experiences how we experience the world through vision. Much of my work is concerned with what science and art are saying about how we create our own realities. I have traveled several divergent paths in my own exploration of vision. Have a look and see what I have discovered.