Images, Meaning and Visual Poetics
When you explore these pages, you’re participating in a creative effort unlike anything you’ve experienced before. My intention is unique and so are my skills. It might be for everyone but it’s good and I believe in it. For me, someone tormented by doubts and anxieties, this is a bold statement.
I have visions in my head and poems in my heart. What I create is a unique hybrid of technique and meaning. What I show on canvas is something only I can offer. These images are a form of visual poetry, inspired most notably by Symbolist writers and artists. There are obvious inferences of Surrealism for those who don’t dive in but that’s not the truth of this offering. More important are connections to Freudian, Jungian and Buddhist philosophy. More importantly, those influences are avenues to the realm of consciousness apart from conventional ideas of meaning and representation.
I draw, paint, and assemble these images as hybrids of digital and traditional techniques. Whether you think this is grand or grandiose, one thing is for sure, nobody has meaning to offer quite like what you encounter here.
These images are illustrations for poetic ideas, accessible through the sound clips embedded on each page. I’ve written, recorded and produced what you hear. My poetic influences range from William Blake to W.S. Merwin, including the influence of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich and James Dickey among others.
My goal is to stage an interactive show/performance of the work, with readings of the poems available on demand for the viewer to hear and see what I have to offer, in real time, without separating one experience from the other.
This work, when completed, will offer a visual and poetic integration of skill, depth, awareness and transformation.