The Other Color
It's around us. In us.
A deluge of sound, language, movement.
Chaos, endless and overwhelming.
And yet, in that flood,
we reach towards stillness
as if by instinct.
We move toward silence and light.
Towards order, simplicity and balance.
In the silence, calm lives.
A reflection of our perfect need.
In serenity, we reclaim ourselves.
Seijaku, tranquility in the midst of daily turmoil. It isn’t an escape from the world that
surrounds us. Rather, it is the seeking of serenity in the midst of activity; the finding of true inner quiet as the world churns around us.
I’ve always been fascinated by the dichotomy between order and chaos— especially in today’s constant barrage of media and technology. The use of distorted and random
binary code in this series are symbols of the tumult from which we move toward peace,
order and simplicity.
In Seijaku I suggest the path to serenity can start with a break from the routines of an active life. A move toward order and balance. A way to stillness.
The Other Colors Series
My paintings draw from the powerful Asian aesthetic that lives in me, a
striving for serenity in a world inundated by input; conscious acts of eliminating the unnecessary so the necessary may speak.
It's said that my work seems to glow with inner light. That isn't accidental:
Each piece grows from as many as 30 layers of transparent oil glazes that
give the surface a muted luminosity and depth. In the deceptively limited palette--in the freeing choices of monochrome--we cast off the excuses of color and resist the urge to wrestle vibrancy onto the canvas. In doing so, we discover a muted thing that lives deeper
in the soul.
This principle of Shunyata; of dwelling in emptiness. To me, this quiet, immersive energy creates an anti-angst; a seductive, visceral breath. Within those still waters, shapes, circles and gestural graphite lines create a harmony of opposites that delivers us into an image without a beginning or end.
In the end view, this benevolent softness becomes a relinquishing of control by painter and
viewer alike; one that lets us interact with the work in any way we want, with no strings attached. From the immersion in light and the depth beyond the strict boundaries of
canvas, comes a particular state of grace: a transcendency that renews itself endlessly in
the eye, and challenges our ideas of what a painting can be.