black ishi
My statement is on a wall, in an exhibition or in anything that I have done. I will leave the interpretation to the viewer, critic, historian or any other person who wishes for an explanation. I usually believe or always make the suggestion that I would talk about my process of creating, my influences and my artistic philosophy. These various positions should assist one in knowing more about me as an artist.

The process of painting or an artist creating is an act of magic. It's a ritual of endowing things, objects or images with beauty. This magical experience usually terminates with extreme pleasure, a visual orgasm, or a disruption of one's emotions and mental faculties when things go wrong. In the negative condition I usually try to redeem myself by learning something new or different. A so called "mistake" is another technique in one's arsenal and a broadening of one's capabilities to challenge other works.

My ritualistic acts sometimes need chaotic circumstances and or physical anguish, for the best that one has internally to be revealed externally. That sense of uneasiness assists me in overcoming the anxiety one faces when working, especially in the initial stages of each work. Sometimes I take many hours of contemplation and brooding before the actual event commences, it requires total effort; the interrelation between materials and ideas, for as soon as action starts its like a spontaneous and direct combustible reaction. The understanding of the media allows me the facility to work without thinking of subject or sometimes even object, for my mind is usually occupied with all sorts of fresh ideas and fantasies or anything that might amuse me, with loud music or noise to occupy the background.

I am often asked How do you work?, although I work direct, I do lots of drawing to familiarise myself with line and spatial manipulation; to know and understand the secrets of each image, for in my final act I have a unique knowledge of seeing each object. It is this unlocking of the object that allows me ease in my ultimate work, sometimes I work in series because of the many different ways that things can be seen and be portrayed. The serialisation allows me to push various ideas to extendable Possibly extreme? Don't like extendable!) heights. The work usually terminates when it reaches the optimum, in the intermingling of media and idea. It is not ever finished, but always seems to have a sense of being able to go further. Trying to attempt anything at this stage could either overwork or destroy the object. Reaching this equilibrium always depends on the artist's sensibilities.

Works can manifest in minutes, hours or sometimes over years. The influences and regurgitating of ideas cannot be given a fixed time. Things change everyday depending on many circumstances and they all have an effect on how one perceives things. So being constantly in flux gives various ways of seeing and doing. One can never tell or quantify in terms of minutes and hours how things will go. A time limit is impossible, sometimes one "lives" with a work for years, waiting for that "right" moment.

The mystery and intrigue also motivate me as an artist, the quest of conquering or the hunt helps me to ignite my creative juices or sometimes that silent quest of appealing to the other, gives one the energy to go to tremendous levels of attainment.


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