The exploration of creativity and the enigmatic nature of the artistic process opens us toward our longing to find “new eyes”, new ways of being and seeing that connect us with our deepest self and the origin of our innermost being. It reveals our hunger to find new navigational rudders, ones that have at their core a body willing to experience the underlying textures of the architecture, the fragrance of the sidewalks, the movement of exotic creatures. It invites ways of orienting that open and teach us how to feel into a deeper resonance yearning for that original accord that lies within both inner and outer worlds. Origin is an exploration of primordial shapes and forms, revealing aspects of nature which the eyes can not see but, perhaps, the body can intuit and feel, taking us on an exploration of the directness of inception, the birth of our own experience. The work ventures into unknown territory through acts of imaginal wanderings as a perpetual invitation to release and let go into the gap of not-knowing. Art practice, both in making and in viewing, offers myriad ways to head out into the extraordinary territory of immeasurable horizons and to gather once again, renewed and recollected, expressing the delicious dance of the cyclic movement between thought, no thought and manifesting form.
This series of four large paintings was created during the Ark Project’s second artist in residence program in Oakland, California. Each canvas in the series was hand stretched and created with paints made from casein hand mixed with raw and white titanium minerals, ash and pigments made from medicinal plants.