Saturday, July 26, 2014

Water and Stone: A Continuing Series

One of the things that I have to constantly do is make art when I can, where I can. This summer has seen an extraordinary amount of tasks for me to do. We have had visitors, chores to do, life decisions to make, and a number of other things that have been going on. So, the question comes up, how do I make art when there is so much to do? Well, one thing I can do is just make art when I can. I was out with my family this morning at the beach I had my camera phone. The great thing about the advent of camera phones and digital photography is that everybody has the potential to be a photographer on some level. While I would say I do photography, I am not one who emphasizes photography in my work as much as the other mediums, but the potential is always there to use it. 

A couple of years ago I started a series called "Water and Stone." I continue to be fascinated with these two concepts and how they can interrelate to each other. You could say this is a continuation in that series. Water is everywhere around us, but with this drought and global warming, we are forced to look at it in different ways. It is beautiful in so many forms, but it can cause untold damage as was seen with Hurricane Katrina. Water can flow over and around objects, as we know, while at the same time it can wear away the greatest stone formations and breakdown so many other elements. 

What caught my attention about the water this particular morning was the way it moved and flowed through the shapes left in the sand by the receding tide from earlier in the day. You can see the flow of the water as it carved out its path in the sand as it divided the unique, undulating ridges left by the receding waters from before. On top of that, the play of light and shadow from the early morning sun on the sand created this repeating pattern that contrasted starkly with the water. 

It comes back to the simultaneous coexistence of opposites. This theme of water and stone really is about the presence of polar opposites at the same time. You have the sand, which is nothing but rock pulverized to the point of becoming sand. There is the water which flows over and through the sand. If you stop and think about it, water is soft and flowing while rock is hard and immovable, but here the water continues to break it down, without regard to the strength of its molecular nature. 

Moving forward, I will need to process the work I have completed with respect to this series so it can flow in a cohesive order. Please stay tuned to my gallery for updates on this series and more. There is going to be a lot of work coming up, so keep looking and thanks for reading!



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