In my late teens, I used to drive up to a nondescript spot in the hills which had a view of the valley I lived in. It was a respite away from all of my stresses and fears. These excursions were not only mini-escapes, but the time I spent there taught me about the importance of self reflection and perspective. Small things when seen up close can look like an entire universe, but in stepping back, everything takes its place.
Each of the works in Up, Up and Awake is a meditation. There is no path forward. No signs to point the way. The destination is obscured. Possibly nonexistent. Any advancement will require a certain amount of blind trust and there is no guarantee of a positive outcome. The world is simultaneously daunting, scary, beautiful and exciting.
The central figure in each work is the sky. In addition to representing the view from my days and nights on that hill, the sky symbolizes beauty, vastness, perspective and escape. While commonly ignored or taken for granted during our day to day activities, I have made the sky a central figure rather than a backdrop. The sky is our sustenance. It’s literally the air we breathe. Without it, we could not survive.
Using a hybrid of photography and paint, I created abstract paintings, photographed them, and then used a simulated multiple exposure technique with various images of the sky from my travels through North America and Western Europe. Each work features 2 or 3 composites printed on multiple pieces of clear acrylic and assembled with spacers The photographic composites contain up to 15 different images with multiple paintings all adding integral elements illustrating the conflicted complexity of the self evolution process.