Monday, August 31, 2009

Real Beauty

Beauty in the eyes of the beholder

Plato, The Allegory of the Cave

Plato has written a conversation that takes place between Socrates and his brother Glaucon. It is about humans which have been denied knowledge and what becomes of them after they are exposed to it. I believe that man understands his reality by what he sees, as he is shown new truths, his reality is forced to change. When put back in the old reality which does he see? As you acquire new knowledge, and return to the old base, it is hard to convince the others as to what you now know as true.

Artist Statement

My work is a study of the nature around me. I walk the thin line of reality and non-reality. I have learned more from my failures then my successes, so I journey each path with a large learning curve.
I feel most comfortable using materials from the earth. My most resent venture is wood, I am drawn to its ever surprising beauty. Trees standing alone or in a group provide so many things, from shelter to shade, fruit to oxygen. I have draw and photographed them, sculpted them from wire covered them with hand made paper, and gone as far as to cover one with tile. Now I have started to approach trees on a different level. I strip them of their covering and expose their inner beauty. I work from shapes that surround me in my everyday life. Shapes I know by heart, that I can see with my eyes closed. I want for you to be able to feel the beauty with your eyes closed and see the shapes that form my world.

Thursday, August 27, 2009