My art is an exploration of meditation innately influenced by the tangible and intangible aspects of our natural environments. It seeks to uncover unseeable moments of stillness; an enveloping quietness of a calming unknown. I work in both two and three dimensional media, such as paper, wood, clay, tea grounds, eggs and decomposed plant matter. In my observations of nature, I focus on rhythms, cycles, patterns and repetitions; lines, texture, light, and hues. Abstraction of these elements provides the visual vocabulary while the instability of raw materials frees my controlling nature to let go and capture fragments of stillness to express a quiet moment. Within this stillness, distractions of life fall away; worries, concerns and fears. In that moment through my work, I am afforded and offer up to a viewer the possibility to find or relate to a tranquil moment of their own.
The scale of the these still moments is beyond what I can fit in a building let alone a drawing and the contradiction of capturing a fleeting experience pushes me onward. After a near death experience I began rethinking my relationship to my existence and the expression of it. I found in my practice I questioned control and its hold on me. I questioned intuition, its certainty and consciousness. I questioned ego and its formidable desire to exist. The unreliable nature of the media I use gives way to these questions to breathe life into my artwork. Their chemical and innate responses on the working surface and to each other allow for an unpredictable reaction. Each differing ingredient can cause a disruption in the materials’ response as that life altering moment had on me.
Observation of the visual elements of line, repetition and simplicity within nature guide both my visual experience into the stillness and the expression of it. Line is fascinating as I observe it. Drawing a line in space is both illusionary and real. Line in nature does not exist but yet I draw it. A line in essence is simple but has the potential for unlimited expression. Repetition can create a calm through an inherent rhythm. A single pine needle on a tree is spiny and almost invisible yet the repetition of multiples brings a stable, tranquil response. The practice of simplicity is necessary to integrate nature’s visual balance: when hues of a field are in delicate proportion or the rhythm of multiple aspen trunks relating a visual calm. These properties that lie within line, repetition and simplicity offer an example of tools to replicate natures’ innate balance within my work.
Over the last few years I have taken my meditation practice deeper which in turn has cultivated and continues to transform my art practice giving it a life of its own. As I let go, wonder and quietly observe tangible and intangible moments within the natural environment, I am astounded and moved by the fleeting moments of stillness experienced. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my understanding and experience of stillness and I am open to the limitless and joyous journey as I strive to create it within my work.