How do we ‘define’ what makes us who we are, our ego? We ‘fit’ into the world by creating an identity that becomes the filter through which we experience all things.
Paintings of someone else’s selfie. A portrait of a self-portrait. It’s an idea that only exists in the early 21st century. Identity has become wrapped up in how frequently and easily we can ‘see’ ourselves, examine who we might be. We can mold our identity from the outside in. Selfie portraits are about identity – who we are at any and every moment in time.
Also called Anicca or Anitya, impermanence is one of the essential doctrines and a part of three marks of existence in Buddhism. The doctrine asserts that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is “transient, evanescent, inconstant”.
I work from a place of historical and individual reference points and try to arrive at a visual representation of what I’m reacting to and/or perceiving at any given moment, first nature, then human. Over the years my art has slid back and forth and in between landscape and people. In recent years, the focus on people has taken precedence as I have become increasingly preoccupied with issues of identity and impermanence. We presume to ‘know’ what we see, who we are, yet there is nothing consistent or continuous about any aspect of identity, whether identity of the self, the other or objects. I have pushed myself to try and understand through visual means how technology interacts with human behavior and what results are being drawn from that combination.
Read more about Human/Nature here.
The continuing and accelerating estrangement of people from a connection to nature or even the artificial environment within which they live is the very definition of modern human society today. Disconnection from our natural world is being pushed to all extremes by the use of isolating devices and applications – including mobile phones and tablets. In general, though seemingly increasing our access to the world, these devices also decrease our awareness of the natural environment we are in at any given moment. It is this loss of integration with our very nature that is seen here.
Sticks and Stones
Words that are meant to hurt and even some that aren’t leave long lasting scars, which, though hidden, are barely below the surface. This series of portraits brings to the surface the hidden pains that are resident for many. Daring to be genuine is the greatest act of the individual. Knowing who that genuine person is and revealing it takes great bravery and yet offers even greater satisfaction.