About these works (Icons)
These artworks are the result of a meditative practice. They borrow their title from the classical portraits of Saints. One of the principal functions of the Icons was unio-mystica—to enter into a union, a divine state. The face, central to an Icon, serves as an intermediary. The the artists of Icons did not favour realism in order to add to the feeling of something au-dela to be revealed. Masterpieces of portraiture are appreciated to the degree in which something is revealed via the representation.
My drawings are the au-dela, already—playful, organic, nascent, spontaneous images. They imply something happening, and how it is happening—a process, a rarefaction and distillation of forms, in which the image seen is only an afterimage. Balance, line, color, poise, harmony, and symmetry serve as personal expression.
C – CVIII60 x 90 cmBleu sèvres ink on 200g bamboo paper
CVIII – CVX48 x 74 cmPorcelain white ink on 300g bleu sèvres paperBleu sèvres ink on 200g bamboo paper
Advanced mystics have described true reality as radiating infinite beauty, but hidden to ordinary perception.
'How to see correctly by not interfering with seeing' is the at the core of my working process. The proposition that these artworks have within them a certain level of awareness is not to say what they are, but how they were created, in a state of meditation, and that awareness is part of the image, an open invitation. Should one choose to intently watch clouds or the ocean, or a pebble, a certain level of awareness can be achieved, but pebbles and clouds don't intend anything, they just are, and that's an important distinction. These works are not mystical relics, or clouds, or pebbles. The intention in creating them is no less inviting the viewer to experience reality as radiating infinite beauty.
C – CVIII
60 x 90 cmEncre bleu sèvres, 200gsm bambou
CVIII – CX
48 x 74cmEncre blanc, 300gsm bleu sèvres
CVII — CX
48 x 74cmEncre bleu sèvres, 200gsm bambou