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In Search of Fragments of Beauty

April 24, 2013


Life on the whole is a pretty tough challenge and you have to stay strong to protect your being through the erosion of time. At times it brings you down but you’ve no choice but to get on with it and through my art I’ve experienced a lot of challenges both good and bad and I try to make sense of it all and move forward. But the dynamics of life are just too complicated to truly understand and while you can satisfy certain curiosities there are always more waiting just around the corner. In one sense I feel there is never enough time to contemplate lifes issues which is why I’m starting to be drawn to the idea of fragments where nothing is complete but never the less there is something tangible there to hold on to. Which is where a sense of beauty comes into the equation because the world is full of immense beauty yet life taunts us with an often different reality that holds our thoughts. When you take a good look at contemporary life and see a world ravaged with greed and conflict it has an effect upon you and can lead to a negative outlook and I don’t feel comfortable with that which is why I actively look for fragments of beauty in many situations. It’s the way I protect my optimism whilst facing up to reality in both my life and through the content of my work. I feel it’s of the utmost importance to address as many issues as you can through your work in order to be honest about yourself and  your thoughts on life but you need to take a stance on your aesthetic approach which is another area where I’ve been having great doubts. I have always tried to approach complicated subject matters such as my suicidal figures that allow you to consider a reality from a different perspective and have found that a graceful portrayal has a more profound and engaging impact or effect than a shocking image that serves only to distract from contemplation. I do feel more resolved in my thoughts about an aesthetic approach and think I can move forward with all the freedom I need through sculpture based on more engaging qualities like a sense of beauty.

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