Finding Sanctuary For Thoughts
I have had people ask me about my use of geometry, symbols and particular colors throughout my Attenuating series, so here are some thoughts as to why I infuse those elements in my work.
Let me first start by defining at·ten·u·ate
Verb gerund or present participle: attenuating /əˈtenyəˌwāt/, 1.reduce the force, effect, or value of. I define this body of work as Attenuating. I feel it’s quite fitting, as through this work, I take the hits that daily news/information overload and life throws at me loud and clear, and sift it through different steps. As I create each work, I literally take the information I want to focus on and break it down into small bits. Those bits get “plugged-into” the work as I develop it through its layers. In the end every bit has been dealt with and is in a safe, discernible place
We live in a world full of “noise”. Information overload seeps into our daily lives, often infusing chaos and influencing decisions we think we have under control. I tend to compartmentalize to filter and reduce the amplitude of noise, keep some sense of order and let things run their course. Ultimately, my aim is to find sanctuary for thoughts. How about you? How do you keep your thoughts staright?
This work attempts to negotiate between the idea of independence of mind with the overwhelming dependence on technology and cyber life. See work from my Attenuating Collection HERE
I use Geometry to give compartmentalize and give some sense of structure to my thoughts about the information I am focusing on.
The line drawings, symbols and colors I use come from my personal icon collection developed over the years.
The color gold indicates a presence of some sort of divine origin. Blue is intensely healing. Red is powerful and lets me be direct. Color makes me happy. Color has always been in my life in a big way.
As for the symbols, many of them come from the Phoenecian alphabet which is likely the ancestor of the Greek alphabet, hence of all Western alphabets. I always spell words when I use those symbols. I also incorporate my own personal symbols. The use of binary code represents a “filter” and denotes the question or premise I begin my work with. It also spells the title of the piece. The binary code is present because it is the base language of all computers. Without it, computers don’t happen. As you know, computers are everywhere and in our lives on so many levels. The overwhelming mass urbanization of the planet is happening “thanks” to computers.
How much is technology influencing your life and filtering how your life is being experienced?
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