Icons - Artist Statement

 Engine Ghost - 24" x 24" - Mixed Media

Engine Ghost - 24" x 24" - Mixed Media

These works each represent something we as humans have accomplished. They are images inspired by mechanical systems or machines that are all in their own way testaments to our abilities. Each are abstracted in varying degrees, with some displaying more of feeling than representing the subject matter directly. Each are unified through the process of image making, and each become their own world. 

The work is a result of the mediation between this world of the aesthetic and the world of life and ideas. The scientist or inventor is a mediator in their own way, making practical objects from abstract concepts or
equations. Models themselves are abstract systems that help us understand phenomena. These paintings are systems in their own right, although their purpose is to evoke subjective experience and not to serve a concrete
function like an equation. 

The busyness and energy of the gesture is a metaphor for that of the subject matter. There is an instinctual process of distorting or revealing aesthetic elements from the reference material. To me, an icon is an abstract object. Traditionally the word icon can evoke religious connotations, or be an overtly simplified sign that points to something instead of describing or honouring complexity. These visual objects are to serve as an homage to humanist accomplishments, while presenting them unified with expression.