17″ x 24″ Acrylic on canvas (43×61)
I pulled this from the basement, thinking I’d paint-over it, but seemed worth saving. I added hand prints–which I’d thought about doing when I made it. So this is 2015 to 2019 vintage. 25″ x 29″ (63×73) Acrylic on canvas
16″ x 20″ Acrylic, glitter on canvas
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#1003 Tattered Web of Consciousness 16″ x 20″ (40×50) Acrylic on Canvas
In thinking about representation and abstraction in art, I’ve been inspired by Levi Paul Bryant–in particular, where he writes about the intersecting rings of the material and the symbolic. I think that abstract art, when it moves beyond pleasing the eye, can present the viewer with an enigma, an aporia, that suggests the possibility of symbolic meaning–while denying its realization. If, as I believe, all of our encounters with material reality, are invested with latent symbolic power–by forestalling that power it’s emergence, retaining it at the threshold, just out of reach– where it cannot be translated into language, or interpreted as anything other than what it is—mind, imagination, and perception, by this denial of closure, will remain radially open, and in this, we might yet find a path to revolutionary vision.