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Artist Statement

Luminosity Series (2006-Present)

Sumptuously painted in a technique consisting of free-flowing wave-like patterns held in check by subtly controlled washes of glaze and exacting trompe l'oeil floras and shells, my floral-spiral paintings exemplify the theme and style indicative of my ongoing body of work, the "Luminosity Series."

In my recent series,I have created an asymmetrical composition by off-setting the circular shapes of the primary spiral of the nautilus shell and the floral images against the angular edges of the squared off canvas. Further interest is added to the composition through the articulation of the nautilus shell's segments and the structure of natural flora. I achieve a feeling of dramatic motion by obliterating portions of my ornately patterned objects by merging them with a background of sweeping ribbons, rippling draping, folding petal veins, floating seashells, and dancing stripes. My composition is supported by a dense spatial field of interpreted interactions of forms and patterns found in nature. These patterns include repetitive clusters of meandering lines and portioned color filled areas that suggest ambiguous space. Rhythmic movement is created from a simultaneous growth and dissolution of both shell and flora with the background. A sense of fundamental transformation for which no beginning and end can be discovered evolves from this body of work. Contrasting colors with meandering lines, and precisely rendered floral images and improvised random patterns, add to the feeling of engagement with rather than separation from my life experience of Eastern and Western cultures and transcendental belief in Zen Buddhism.

My representational-imaginative floral-spiral paintings are about new sensory experience mingled with nostalgia for familiar one. No matter where I have relocated to in my past life journey, the floras always bring back old memories or twitches in the heart. Nostalgia is more powerful than memory alone. I believe that short-lived floras display not only the beauty of nature but also the transcendental values of humanity. The motivation behind my floral-spiral paintings is to hold on to the essence of the transitional feeling, memory, time and space of an ephemeral moment. It may seem contradictory to try to rematerialize what is already gone, but a part of the large historical rational behind humankind’s reasons for making art seems to go into this endeavor. The beauty of a short-lived flora evokes a melancholic sense of transience of life and leaves a fragment of memory. My art is about the experience of transition, a sense of the bitter-sweet—of the time in-between—a feeling of the loss for the past that left behind, and the excitement of reconnection in the present.

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