The work in Fractured States is the third in what can be see seen as a trilogy of exhibition’s linked to the two main concepts which are the force behind my work since 2006. First, is the notion that everything is connected; and second is that the search for the self is the path to artistic and spiritual enlightenment. Each exhibition was an exploration of ideas as well as symbolizing a state of being derived directly from them. The first exhibition, Fragile States, discussed the tenuous nature of our connections. While A Delicate Balance focused on the need for growth and change within the connections or face a resulting stagnation.
This current exhibition, Fractured States, is what happens when those connections cannot be maintained. Dissonance. Loss. Inertia. Conceptually the work is trying to become whole again yet the separations are more glaring and tenuous. My main symbol, the circle, is hard to be found. Yet it is there. Hidden and fighting to connect.
And, it is this fight for connection in the face of dissolution which has directly influenced this new body of work, all of which has a collage element. Even if it seems components are being forced together, in the end, each piece that goes into the artwork has a purpose.
Fractured States, like A Delicate Balance and Fragile States before it, is a reflection of the belief that we are on a continuous and circuitous path of creation, illumination, and spiritual progression towards a one’s place within the universe. It is not always an easy progression and there is strive and loss on the way. And sometimes the simple belief that things will be better is enough to hold even the smallest connection together.