Contact: Melissa Reve
022 359 7936
Artists In Resonance Ltd.
Scotts Landing, New Zealand
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the Weather.” Bill Hicks 1
Two people look outside to see rain. One declares “what a miserable day!”. The other is happy to frolic in the puddles. The only difference between them is a choice in thinking that shapes the entirety of their experience.
Perception of reality is fluid. I recreate it in every moment through the stories I tell myself, and in this way, I create my own reality. What if one day I were to awaken to find my life had been no more than a dream? What are the limits of my awareness when I live in a world constructed by my own thoughts? My art making is the conscious reordering of my reality through the creative process. It is spontaneous and practice led self-research, engaging a receptive mode for the intention of allowing new thoughts to emerge in a dance of unfolding.
Among my influences are quantum physics, psychology, and ideas around consciouness. I will open my mind to any concept that expands me beyond the bounds of my own consciousness; the idea is irrelevant, it is the mind-bending quality of questioning that delights me.
"Enquiry and abandon. Moving into this awake, and purposeful without control." Barbara J Fish 2
This body of work explores conflict in my own experience with symbolic imagery of fantasy, warped scale and incongruities. I play with the idea that I am dreaming up my existence and that my thoughts are threads I can pick at and unravel to form anew. Extremes of contrast in my work, of colour, light and dark, is how I revel in the rain. For me, the 'edge' that contrasts can create is a place of beauty, allowing me to realize that feeling free is the state of being unconditional, infinite with what I can create of my experience of life. I am not afraid of the darkness because I find it is delicious to wonder at the possibilities lurking beyond my vision...
1. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8870-today-a-young-man-on-acid-realized-that-all-matter, accessed 26/10/15
2. Fish, Barbara J, 'Painting research: Challenges and opportunities of intimacy and depth', Art as research opportunities and challenges, Shaun McNiff (ed.), Intellect, 2013, p106.