Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Mystery of Meaning

The Mystery of Meaning

8" x 10"

Ink on 140lb Paper

This drawing is SOLD.

The theme of this highly charged drawing is the mythic concept of cosmic origins, specifically the connection between inner and outer, the microcosm and the macrocosm. A seemingly endless array of elaborately decorated eyes populates the picture plane - large intricate ones in the central cloud, smaller ones in the surrounding darkness. The cloud-like space in the center represents an explosion of sorts - beginnings and becomings - arising from the depths. The eyes represent a multitude of beings, souls, energies. This drawing is incredibly detailed; you can see close-ups below. My abstract artwork is very process-oriented and carries a spiritual meaning related to the mystery of existence and a reverence for the unfolding process of life. The designs in this drawing arose spontaneously in a stream-of-consciousness manner. While working on drawings that are this detailed, I become so immersed in the work that drawing the images becomes a meditative process through which I strive to achieve balance amidst chaos (similar to the concept of mushin). The colors and designs arise spontaneously and reflect my interest in tribal and aboriginal art, specifically in the act of storytelling through nonrepresentational means. My abstract art is also heavily inspired by my world travels, particularly my visits to remote tribal villages in the Kutch region of India, as well as my visits to temples and roadside shrines in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal.

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