As a self-taught visual artist I've also been interested in the transformative, healing power of art. The transformative process that, I see as a metaphor for mental alchemy. Changing our experience of reality through the creative process that expands our intuitions, and offers us greater Illumination into our own self-mastery.
For me the “Art of transformation”, comes through working with recycled materials that demonstrates the importance of conserving our limited natural resources. The call to action, imprinted in the artwork
Working with discarded materials also represent the potential for our own transformation;
taken to the alchemical process by altering context and content, modifying the utilitarian purpose that are transformed, infused with a deeper meaning while retaining aspects of its conceptual purpose and history. On a philosophical level, challenging the factuality of materiality.
These transformations usually become archetypical open-framework figurative sculptures that the viewer fills with their own personal iconography . Or recycled photographic, sourced imagery and other ephemeral materials that becomes the materials for photo collages.
The majority of my figurative’s are based on what has been called, in want of a better word “African Primitivism”. Utilizing “primitivism” compositional devices, its sophisticated approach to the abstraction of the human form. Works inspired by religious ideals and spiritual experiences. Works that are unselfconscious as art and 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.
Primitivism also allows for the creation of a visual study of the inner connections between various realms of our social-cultural reality; focuses on cultural diaspora and the drift of “primitivist” art into contemporary art, allowing for the creation of a visual study of the inner connections between various realms of our social-cultural reality; focuses on cultural diaspora and the drift of “primitivist” art into contemporary art.