Everything has the potential to become art. Everything man made is designed or engineered, from the wrapper of your dollar menu fast food burger, the lighting in this very room, your neighbors candy colored vehicle, and even the discarded cigmo butts which litter the sidewalk. To an artistically observant person even the most mundane environment can cause sensory overload. Teachers encourage future intellects to block out exterior stimulation through concentration. It’s my belief that the simple act of observation is too rarely practiced. It is a pity that the contentment and also the entertainment one can get from letting their mind wander is often restricted. Conversely, I’ve thrown my Adderall to the dogs and embraced nomadic thoughts in opposition to regimented focus. My ideation is constantly reversing, shifting, and expanding. Which is okay, directions are for destinations. My art has no destination; it is simply meant to be observed, to be absorbed, and to inspire the viewer to free their psyche.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sarah Dwyers work is derived from a variety of sources... master paintings, media images, and issues of National Geographic. Her work depicts lost environments. Some appear figurative, while others are representations of recognizable scenes. Her palette is vast, she embellishes with gold, and works and reworks to make the final image. The artist is a former environmental economist, but her paintings are hardly one-dimensional warnings about our future, rather they show that the celebration and destruction of nature are intertwined.
As of late environmentalism has been a frequenting my thoughts, and will likely show up in my future work.