“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
— Jalaluddin Rumi
/ Emergence / is a series of paintings that explore the transitory elements of change, metamorphosis and emergence. The series is intended to conjure the fluid, and sometimes uncertain, feelings of an evolution from one thing to something completely new and different. It is intended to spark the questions and awareness of what a radical transformation entails. Similar to how the caterpillar one day ceases eating, hangs upside down from a leaf or branch, and spins itself a safe, silky cocoon, molts into a shiny chrysalis. There, from its protective and private casing, the caterpillar drastically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a winged being of flight.
The work studies an intuitive investigation of deeply layered visual elements and mixed media application (oil paint, oil pigment mixed with cold wax techniques, graphite stick, oil pastel). Rich layers of paint applied with brush, palette knife and large flat edges are intended to reveal, conceal and expose symbolic and abstract imagery—inviting the viewer into a closer examination of image, color, texture and movement.
What emerges is an expression of our ever-evolving human journey of self discovery through our physical and non-physical surroundings.
The / Emergence / body of work is intended to invite the viewer on their own journey of self-discovery and metamorphosis.