I have been investigating the idea of an in between, liminal space. The space at which you are neither here nor there, a state of change, a place of transformation.
These paintings are from actual experiences at sweat lodges in the desert under full moons, Solitary hiking trips, remembered scenes from those trips, moments spent in solitude.
A visiting artist came to my studio and asked rather pointedly, "Path huh? path to what? Change? Changing from what to what?" I said "I don't know, I ..I'm not sure,..." After weeks of thinking about this moment I realized that I was glad he asked that question, It made me realize it wasn't about what we are changing into, it's about the process. This work and what I am interested in lately is about the path, the current moment, not where it's taking you, but the journey it's self. We never really reach the end of the path, you are only ever in the present which suggests the next moment and the next, you just keep on that path, we keep moving forward, always in a state of metamorphoses..
This piece is of a Fire walker, someone who walks on hot coals. This is just the type of moment or experience that brings some people to that state of bliss or elation, a sense of invincibility. These moments allow us to feel or sense something beyond ourselves, a feeling of connection or spirituality.
I am beginning my second semester of my first year of grad school at U of A, very exciting. I wonder where and how far it will take me in a matter of months, change happens fast, it's like a pressure cooker for art. I love a challenge, so here goes!
2013, I'm ready.