As a self-taught visual artist I've also been interested in the transformative, healing power of art. The transformative process that as a student of esoterica, I see as a metaphor for mental alchemy. Changing our experience of reality through the creative process that expands our intuitions, Idealisms, and offers us greater Illumination into our own self-mastery.
As well as a greater understanding of the mystery and mechanisms of creativity.
For me the “Art of transformation”, comes through the creative recycling of reclaimed materials. Working with discarded materials represent the potential for our own transformation. And increase our ability to see, embody and appreciate the beauty that is within all of us.
Discarded materials, taken to the alchemical process by altering the objects, context and content, modifying their usually utilitarian meaning and significance that are transformed by altering the objects, original content and context while retaining aspects of its conceptual purpose and history.
At the same time challenge the factuality of materiality by manipulating the objects perceived inherent value and mixing it with a new intended meaning-abstracted-into energetic figurative sculptures.
Each figurative symbolizes an active return to the body -flesh off, showing the body as a framework analogous to the major skeleton, like our bodies provide structure and stability, containing the potential for emotional connection, containment and release. Archetypal, open-framework figuratives that the viewer activates by their story; to fill with their own personal iconography, emotional constructs, mental patterning to be transformed.
The majority of my figuratives are based on what has been called, in want of a better word “African Primitivism”. Utilizing “primitivisms” compositional devices, its sophisticated approach to the abstraction of the human form. Creating works inspired by religious ideals and spiritual experiences. Works that are unselfconscious as art. Works where a great amount of mechanical craftsmanship is still required.
African “primitivism” expresses my view of art as something that changes life and changes the artist. A personal and spiritual transformation alluding to the magical nature of art making seen in tribal African art. My works focus on spirituality due to my love for “primitivist” art inner connects various realms of our social-cultural reality as well as focuses on the African diaspora and the cross-cultural drift of African “primitivist” art into modern and contemporary art of today.