My path to creating art alludes to both the practice of making of artworks, and equally the symbolism of the materials used. My themes are indirect allusions to deeper messages without spelling out literally what is going on. The lotus is a symbol of Buddhism precisely because it is an allusion to the life cycle; to the path of enlightenment and to the ephemerality of humanity and all life. It points the way in terms of approach, not telling you what to think or do.
I seek an artistic expression that embodies the meaning within the genre. This has been my previous path in the realm of textiles. Each stitch in cloth, each strand in a tassel, each knot in ikat thread, each warp and weft in weaving. All are allusionary, with elements that look abstract and fragmented when seen up close, but which at a near distance are revealed to be parts of a pattern or picture. That image is not as smoothly joined like a swoosh of paint or a chiseled contour, but a composition of discrete elements, each separate, but which create an allusion of an image.
My work has commonalities with pointillism, the Impressionism painting style in which daubs of paint combine to create optical effects that resemble a scene. Computer technology has enabled something similar with the way pixels form a photograph in digital cameras, LEDs combine into images on giant screens, and algorithms can compose the allusion of a picture by assembling micro-pictures as if pixels. Yet each of those dot-based technological wonders is not real pigment, but an allusion using electricity and light. My allusions revert to a pigment that deceptively shines monochrome.
l o t u s - c o u n t s
as of 21 December 2020
I've created a total of
535,165 lotus marks
n e w s WINNER DIFFA CHICAGO International Artist Award
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