moment to consider the "function" of the background of your pieces: most of the times it doesn't seem to be just a passive background... and I'm sort of convinced that some informations & ideas are hidden, or even "encrypted" in the environment we live in, so we need -in a way- to decipher them. Maybe that one of the roles of an artist could be to reveal unexpected sides of Nature, especially of our inner Nature... what's your point about this?
Well, with most paintings I begin with the background first so I absolutely agree that these backgrounds are not passive. They are very much a part of the whole piece. Some elements are obviously less intrusive or persuasive, but they are none the less carefully deliberated. So in Lone Witness the moon might add to the loneliness and isolation of the city. But in Kingdom the moon is reflecting off of the clouds to give the city more of a majestic, mystical feel. As far as inner-human nature is concerned each of us has this duality within that nature: light vs. dark, good vs. evil, what society expects of us vs. what we want, and so onâ€Ś. These are all fascinating questions or issues of duality and the hard-wired dualistic nature of humanity. If we return to these two pieces, Kingdom vs. Lone Witness, we can see that the moon, for example, shows two completely opposed ideals. You recent works are more figurative than your early paintings, which had a more abstract feeling... as we can read in your artist's statement, when beginning a painting, you work from a vague notion of what you want ... so would like to ask you if in your opinion personal experience is an absolutely indespensable part of a creative process... Is the reality that we touch and feel the only source from which an artist could draw inspiration? Do you think that a creative process could be disconnected from direct experience?
I guess in my early, more abstract paintings, I painted because I liked to paint. It was a creative outlet, so to speak. But as my paintings matured I noticed that in many of them I was trying to convey some sense of story. Perhaps this is because I am a writer and movie-maker as well. I think those stories and the creative process can be disconnected from obvious personal experience and therefore seem to derive entirely from oneâ€™s imagination, but on the other hand donâ€™t all of the best paintings, books, movies, etc. usually seem to come, at least to some extent, from
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