Watercolor on paper, 48 x 62 inches, 2016 (read below)
Returning from a summer-long glassblowing volunteership in San Francisco, I felt a dire need to soften my color palette. After spending weeks working with glowing furnaces and lava-like glass, I wanted to imitate the translucency and luminosity found in the glassblowing process, and switched from acrylics to watercolors to achieve this goal.
The work that follows is inspired by my recent excursions into numerous national parks, including Joshua Tree, Zion, and Arches National Park. I was naturally drawn to the work of Helen Frankenthaler, particularly her ability to create luminescent compositions that seemed to organically emerge from the fabric of the canvas.
These paintings are also my attempt to capture the creative and sexual energy (or shakti in the concept of Dharma) that exists within every human being. This energy can be activated through Kundalini yoga and meditation, but also through periods of intense artistic and musical creation. All of the pieces here have been created in the presence of music. Shakti is a concept that Western science has yet to fully unravel, but one that much of Eastern science and philosophy has spent centuries exploring. It is perhaps my nescient understanding of Shakti that makes it such a fascinating topic to investigate from a creative standpoint.
Many of the paintings here will eventually fade into oblivion, but that is an integral component of my vision. Nothing is meant to last, and I have merely shortened the lifespan of my images by painting with watercolors on canvas. My hope is that, even now, some of these images seem to float just above the surface of the canvas, ready to dissipate because of a cough or sneeze. Like a glorious yet fleeting sunset, my paintings aim to elicit a strong emotional response without pretending that said response will last forever.
Watercolor on canvas, 48 x 62 inches, 2016
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