Architecture filtered through a prism of memory and science fiction, this painting conjures a technological framework, yet explores the depths of composition and structure, while still expanding beyond the boundaries of logic.
It’s always a voyage of discovery to work through a color palette and then narrow it down or choose to refine those choices until completion, there’s a certain sense of containment and poetic minimalism, integrated with an explosive and intriguing puzzle.
Challenges abound, this piece I built up with multiple layers in a painterly expressionistic expansion that became really beautiful, and the imposition of geometry necessarily transformed the composition, yet it became something more, a literary metaphor, or as the title suggests, an exploration of subconscious facets of personality;
sometimes these pieces reveal the personalities concealed or integrated within our psyche, and as a painter you are not only an individual, you are also tuned in to a collective psychology, there is a theatrical quality to the drama of everyday life, and it comes alive through paintings like this one.
Part of my fascination with these small-scale watercolor collage paintings is that they represent a vast expanse of ocean yet also appear to resemble an aquarium tank, the dualistic nature of this metaphor of containment is very appealing.
It could be a matter of attitude or perception, a Rorschach test for the viewer to see abundant space or confined space, brightly-colored fish in a beautiful environment or mutated fish in a hostile ocean.