ARTIST STATEMENT

 

My work is a dialogue between the image making process, the visual representation itself and the transformation and expression of that into vibrations and sound shared with others. It explores the continuity of the creative process. My new work continues to explore and give a voice to that which is dark, hidden, unseen, that which I call the shadows. As social beings, we learn to create new tools with the old, the broken, the discarded and dismissed, which enables us to see new possibilities with and from the shadows. Creating new opportunities with these tools results in an unleashing and transformation of potential and creativity emerging from this obscurity.

 

This artistic process on my part is an offering to the viewer/ audience of a different experience of art and the role of the viewer. I offer an opportunity for the viewers to experience and to be a part of the performance of creation and the ensuing conversation, to not be a passive recipient of an image but to be a part of building something new out of the old. To claim the shadows, to be able to see the creative, humanistic and developmental value of the hidden, the lost, the ugly, as these are rooted in our shared history with vibrations, energy, rhythm and impulses that are fertilizer for our becoming as individuals and as groups, communities, and societies.

 

Music plays an essential part in the inspiration and creation of a piece of art; it begins by me listening to music and using the process of musical improvisation that is free-spirited and without boundaries that allows the possibility to both play and express myself. I can then share this process and new ideas with fellow musicians, artists, and the viewers/audience. Early on I found the process to be healing and since then it is one I want to share. The most important thing is that it shaped me to be the person I am today. The use of different materials helps the whole thing become a therapeutic process for myself and others, and I take a lot of pleasure in this process, this is what I pictured 20 years ago, and it has inspired me to be an artist ever since.