What does it mean to be human? To live both the inner and outer life? The spiritual and secular? Through my paintings and drawings I explore this subject. "Soul Painter" (above) is a life size cutout in plywood, painted with acrylic. One side expresses how we define ourselves by our clothing, our consumerism, putting on an identity like paper dolls. As observers, we make judgements about others based on their attire. The face is replaced with a mirror to remind us that though we make assumptions based on appearances, ultimately what we think of others is a reflection of ourselves and unrelated to the actual person. The reverse side of the figure depicts an expression of the soul or spiritual body, a more universal expression. Both may be true, relative and absolute. But who are we really?
This piece is part of a group of works being shown in Brunswick next weekend at Greenhut Studios at the Fort Andross Mill for Friday Art Walk, July 12, 5-8 pm. You can see more of my explorations into the nature of the human experience, both individual and social that have been created over the last 25 years at the show, along with bronze sculpture by Marji Greenhut and poured glass by Angela Antolewicz & Ryan Helean.
As a Buddhist and an ordained interfaith minister, art is my chosen
field of ministry. I work through teaching and fostering the creative
process in others and working with the physical world to bring
mindfulness through aesthetic interventions. I am registered as a
teacher of Shambhala Art based on the writings of Chogyam Trungpa
Rinpoche. This program is about art/life as a meditative practice.
As an artist I have had a long and varied career as a printmaker,
painter, photographer, fiber artist and spatial designer.
My wearable work has been exhibited in major museum shows, galleries and
boutiques throughout the United States and many of the most prestigious
fine craft shows. Visit the Younger Knits website to learn more about
My current interest is in expressing the wonder of visual perception,
the contemplative mind and the phenomenal world through video
installation, photography, abstract painting and digital media. To
bring a contemplative and uplifted quality to living, work and public
spaces, I am available as a consultant through my company, inSite