This is Alexus 1. She is a 48x36 inch acrylic on canvas. I am not sure if she is done but something in me keeps saying ”don’t touch it.” I then thought about the Cubists and their notion of essential reality.
I love Cubism as a way of perceiving reality. But, I always wondered if the Cubists missed the mark on essential reality. But for me, Picasso’s Guernica is a different story. He nailed it. The first time I saw it in Madrid I could not enter the room. But I finally did and when I was confronted by what is arguably the greatest painting in the last century, I could hear the screams and I could feel the flames on my skin. This was essential reality and from that day forward it was my goal.
As a refresher, essential reality is an unarguable physical presence. Something in the painting causes you the viewer to experience it in way that is more than simply observing an image of a physical subject. Rather than mimic the world, how could they illuminate a world beyond mere visual illusion? It was then, and it is now about experiencing a more essential reality of the viewer’s own making?
So, I must ask myself if I can make you feel the moment without seeing the cause or the event? Can I engage you rather than turn you away? Can you see what she feels? Can you see what she sees? Can I communicate through a shared gaze? My goal is to elicit a realty that is more than a simple image and to provoke you into creating it.
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