Toska

  Now she knows the taste of anguish. A bitter relish, That yearns the sweet flavours of golden honey.   As gradual as the break of daylight, Yet as brutal as a blow in the abdomen, It hauls her abruptly to the ground.   Exposed knees shatter in a thousand fragments, as they collapse on…

Kintsukuroi

      Abandoned thoughts on paper, Purposely discarded and tucked away in the attic. Not to be seen, Yet neither forgotten.   Awaiting is the moment, Probably accidental, or maybe not, When the once unnoticed is perceived, Finally visible to its own creator.   Avid to be seen by the eyes of wonder, A…

Redemption

  There she stands, in cumbersome silence. White and majestic as the mountains of the Arctic. Cold and firm as the ice of the North, solemnly waiting to redeem her belongings. Undress yourselves from sun kissed skin. Free your bones from deep, scarred flesh. For your envelopes are temporary, but shall perpetuate in her redemption….

Artistic Statement

  ‘I have always aspired to a more spacious form that would be free from the claims of poetry or prose and would let us understand each other without exposing the author or reader to sublime agonies’ (Milosz, 1988: 101).   Inspired by these verses, I baptised this body of work ‘Ars Poetica’, as it distinctly describes the…

Ars Poetica

                                                              Here is the place where sweet memories roam; the space they’ve been granted to dwell and call home.   It serves as safe shelter to a naïve soul. It grants blessed talents and flair to unfold.   Shall host younger saplings…

Artworks

  ‘Ode to the past’, Mixed media drawing, 55cm x 55cm, 2017.     ‘Ode to the present’, Mixed media drawing, 55cm x 55cm, 2017.     ‘Ode to the future’, Mixed media drawing, 55cm x 55cm, 2017.     ‘Ode to there’, Mixed media drawing, 55cm x 55cm, 2017.     ‘Ode to here’,…

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These drawings are planned to be appreciated both as individual artworks as well as altogether in one body of work.  The separate and yet interconnected drawings represent verses, which collectively culminate in a whole visual poetic oeuvre.  

Pause and reflect…

Human forms transmute into ethereal matter that represents the spiritual essence of man as it goes beyond the terrestrial realm of being, thus embracing an organic state of abstraction. Line, form and space become intimately related in a visual metaphor as they are not anymore dependent on the observable but become totally autonomous in a world of uninhibited imagination. In these imaginative drawings, human souls abandon…

Rewind and review…

Rethinking what I have done so far helps me sort out my ideas and re-evaluate what I have accomplished, so as to base my current work on solid foundations of theory and practice. It is encouraging to visually appreciate the evolution of one’s art practice within a particular field, which in this case is related to the interpretation of…

Drawing as discovery…

In line with my previous post on the continuous process of becoming through encounters with the unknown, according to Berger (1953) drawing is in itself a journey of sheer ‘discovery’. In observational drawing the material world is observed and consequently dissected in the artist’s ‘mind’s eye’ so as to be put together again on paper,…

Not knowing as the ideal site for knowing…

Nietzsche (1887, in Ansell-Pearson, 1994: 3) stated, ‘we are unknown to ourselves, we knowers’, thus affirming that the awareness of not knowing and the willingness to know more, or rather know otherwise from what we learned, makes us truly human. Such discourse places utter importance on the ‘unpredictability of becoming’ (Jones, 2014: 22) in and through…

On a creative note…

‘The creative process is not only the concern of specialists, however; it is not limited to the arts and to thought but is as wide as life. Or perhaps it would be more correct to say that invention in the arts and in thought is a part of the invention of life, and that this…