Artist Portfolio Magazine – 2017 Q4 Art Competition
“All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be.”
In his lyrics, Roger Waters elegantly captures that which compels me to draw: the awareness that I don’t just have a body and a brain, but that I am my body and my brain. That I am some kind of animal crafted by Nature into this elaborate instrument wherein co-exist, interact, and constantly evolve a complex chemical duality: My body, the receptor for the exquisite range of sensory experiences that take shape at my environmental interface, and my brain, the emitter of those unique sets of signals that collectively reflects my physical essence and represents my artistic creativity.
As is true for all people, I have the lifelong project of creating models and mental maps of the infinite worlds within and around me, that arouse me or depress me, that move me or paralyze me. Every experience contributes to the collection of countless analogies between flurries of synaptic events and objects; names and adjectives I give to those objects; feelings of hunger, fear or joy; friendships and romances. Yet, even as these grow increasingly intangible–a mathematical manipulation, the concept of social injustice–they remain inextricably corporeal, products and components of my body.
Drawing is the tool of choice for encountering and pulling out to daylight my analogies: Coaxing sympathy out of the ink, so that upon its meeting paper, the ensuing lines represent, almost unconsciously, the corporeality of my experiences: now of a new love or a paradigm-shifting philosophy; then a numinous piece of music or a vision of my Swedish Ivy plant’s supple skeleton illuminated by the afternoon sun.