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In Between Dreams:
Subconscious Explorations

Artist Commentary

This series of painting is an exploration of the subconscious. What happens when you let your dreams and intuitions paint a picture?  The paintings were started in the mornings after reflecting on my dreams. Everything from colours, symbols, images to words and even objects were allowed to flow onto the painting in a deliberating uninhibited process. 

This celebration of the subconscious was inspired by a simple thought.  All art is pure, unique context.   In other words, every piece of art is a product of its artist's surroundings and experience and is thus, helplessly and wonderfully, unique.

Take Leonardo's Mona Lisa for example. In the expanse of civilizations, it could only have happened on that one fateful 16th century afternoon as Da Vinci began to mix his colours.  Everything from the oak board, the ingredients of his paints, to the subject, to her dress, to Da Vinci's style and technique-- are a singular product of that moment in time. It couldn't have happened in any other time, or come together in any other way.

These paintings extend this idea of context to subconscious and culture of the artist.  Part of any artist's context is his or her subconscious state at the moment of creation.  

I find it fascinating that this happens to be the essence of what a culture is all about. All the words, images, symbols, logos, colours songs, and scents that swirl around in our heads are the tapestry woven by our cultures. It is the artist's talent to keep a firmer grip than most to this slippery iceberg's tip.  As the artist creates, their subconscious flows are expressed.  After time, that moment of expression becomes a profound reflection on the culture of the time. 

With this in mind, I was inspired to whole heartedly throw my subconscious and cultural context at these paintings.  Without hesitation or planning I would add elements to the painting and allow my intuition to orchestrate the symphony of symbols. The work itself became a sublime meditation and, I hope, the finished pieces a poignant personal and cultural reflection.

 

"To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits; logic and commonsense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams."

- Georgio Dechiro

 


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