Artist Statement

The fleeting nature of human life drives artists to create works that, in their content and form, transcend our mortality, and expresses our need to communicate something about our transient selves to validate our place in time.My work contains a duality of an aesthetic that we know is impermanent, but the pursuit of which provides a nobler sense of ourselves; that art is man striving to greatness. “God is the perfect poet, /who in his person acts his own creations”

Robert Browning Paracelsus. Part ii.

 

The three main components that drive my art practice are; primarily the expression of the idea, the second is the physical act of creation and the third are the material explorations. These three elements are inseparable in my process as they coalesce, and are essential to most everything I do.

The subjects of my manipulations (which often explore the concepts of distortion, repetition, and the human condition) have to engage me on an emotional as well intellectual level enabling me to pursue it for several years, as is my practice. Each new theme creates the opportunity for me to really delve into my topic as well as to hone some new skill sets and explore new materials. My tendency is to work in themes, not only in subject but also often in scale, imposing my own artistic parameters, and then exploring the options that those limitations make possible. Discovering a material’s individual characteristics, and how they can support my concepts will always have a strong appeal for me.

I have actively pursued the creations of others, past and present, making my work informed by innumerable sources, it is comparable to having a dialogue with a most diverse group, not exclusively related to art, and responding. Lending a narrative quality to my work to be interpreted by the viewer.

Melanie Chikofsky