Water Casts a Spell: A Theme Reoccurring in My Art
This image seems to say what I feel, more than words could express.
Jacque Cousteau btw is in my list of the 50 most important people that have given
their time to our Earth and all species including helping human kind.
Why am I drawn to water? Well it has to likely do with the fear I had of water as a young child...not sure how that came to be, could be several reasons. I never really swam well at all early on, as I needed the comfort security of my feet touching the shallow bottom. I did like diving in the water with snorkel and mask, but still not in deep water. I would not jump from high up in to water; heights scared me likely more. There may be some relation there. I had no real serious problem going to the pool or beach and slowly wading into the aquablue; would like it, but was aware how far the deep was. Pools were not bad since they had the depth showing. It wasn't until later I practised swimming and got the hang of it, floating and eventually swimming in several methods, -I enjoyed the back crawl.
I think there was a subconcious fear that related to 'death' in connection to water. It seemed easy to drown. That was certainly obvious as a kid. I had some passing thoughts later in life of ways to die...committ suicide. It was not a planned out thing, -just the thought of what would happen. It's been noted that drowning is not a painful way to pass away, comparatively speaking. It's for me just a fascinating pondering psychological subject. Perhaps because I know of 3 friends who passed away drowning, and they were all different, and one was thought to have been a suicidal incident. The coroner felt he was not 100%. Very sad to have thought about, as the earlest death of a friend, was when I was just out of high school.
My images lately now have been directly involved with water and figures. It's not so much the content but the colours of blues, of figure. The series is the ;Under The Water' series. 12 I've done in the last year up untl August 2013. Prior I had explored waves coming onto shore. it often showed sky and sea,and clouds billowing above or just far on the horizon, in a minimal way. This eventually turned to the fascination of figure expressed in water. Then it was figure and just water, with no relation to anything, [not showing a shore or pool edge for example]. Then it was a bit more ambiguous, sort of abstract at times. So content often obvious, then less to more obvious as I through what to do. I zoomed in closer into the water, resulting in vast space to relation of figure and background or vice versa. From above view to a light angle. Thetop views seem more ambiguous, again with the abstract quality. Once I get the figure and water structure done, having worked from my photos as well as my imagination, it changes quite a lot -not photographic for many.
Here are examples of different 'Under Water' theme limited prints.
'Under The Water' [Seems slightly ambiguous at first. However a fusion
in my art has occurred often.].
[see my art prints link on this website for most artworks]
'Under Water Incident. [more abstract than prior ones]
Much of my 'Under Water' series is about 'anxiety, fear, phobias' & such,
which we all have & I try to convey it in a bold, colourful expressiveness,
so that one does not see any immediate focal point, and that is it.
The viewer I hope sees shapes with a kind of ambiguity. It is content/theme,
but also forms, uplifting colours that help give them aesthetic appeal in general
-to hide the 'suspense'. .
'Under Water Figures' [mix media/digital]. 1 SOLD [I printed only two]. Kept 2nd.