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Shifting Perspectives

May 29, 2015

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Over the past four years through writing, drawing and sculpture I’ve felt able to access a deeper level of consciousness, by unmasking a truer identity of self, my identity had become entangled and hidden in the compromised reality of societal existence. My transitional process was triggered by discontent and agitation and became an open-ended search for greater meaning and purpose that resonated with the entirety of my being and the circumstance of my existence. In a life without the distractions of television, alcohol and luxuries you become aware of the intensity of self, the bare bones of your existence, the human frailty and strength. In a way the sleep deprived life without escapism and comfort is frightening, but it was essential for me to connect with my stark reality, I needed to be connected to the essence of being without any hiding places. I believe it’s counter intuitive to the natural societal drive towards comfort and safety but essential to realise what it is to be a single spirit within the vastness of our reality.

Last night I was looking at a sketch book which I wrote in about six yeas ago (prior to my odyssey) and I came across a section which asked the question, why are the small things so big and why are the big things so small? and if a question could sum up what I was looking for, then that is it. Our existence is huge, the timelessness of infinite space and our beautiful gift of existence, the greatest mystery of our universe and  we just accept it, or I did. Compare that, to how we value the minute human inventions such as money and economy and possessions and how we prioritize our energies towards  what is essentially meaningless and it’s astonishing. The dogmas of contemporary society have at times utterly spoilt the beauty of my life as an artist on so many occasions, and my only recourse was to run outside and stand alone before the night sky so that I could find comfort in the perspective of my fundamental reality.

As an artist I don’t want to celebrate the fashionable minutiae of societal desires and I never did, I always strived to capture the timelessness of existence with respect to our lineage and leave a small mark of recognition in my own time. But it hasn’t been easy because it wasn’t enough for a greedy society that eats everything in its path before spitting it out and asking for more. I don’t like the rat race and I don’t see art as a competition which is why I strive to produce art with what is turning out to be an entirely different perspective to the prevailing trends. I don’t try to be different I just try to realise what I feel is right for me and I’m slowly achieving this, I can now stand up behind my work in the belief that it is the genuine art which I can offer and I really am doing my best. My tank is pretty empty which is the way it should be when you give all you’ve got.

As an artist you have to be so strong to survive the slings and arrows, but survive them you must to overcome the challenges and find the freedom to ensure the resolution of your possibilities. I believe it’s a worthwhile struggle though because the rewards from creativity give such a unique sense of satisfaction in what is a roller coaster way of life.

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