The current theme of my website
I intend to select a different theme for the website about once a year, and then develop a few narratives around images that fit the chosen theme.
The current theme of the website is "resistance." Paul Tillich wrote about the danger of modern man losing his humanity and becoming a thing amongst the things he produces. Creating art using non-traditional materials--burlap, string, house paint, joint compound, sand, gravel, articles of clothing, aluminum foil--gives me the sense of resisting such fate. Tillich's philosophic statement may explain why I have trouble re-creating what I consider to be a successful piece. When I try to do the same image a second time, it almost never works. The spontaneity that created the original piece has disappeared. I resist calling a piece "finished." Many times, after keeping the piece on display inside my studio for a week or more, the piece is deconstructed and the second version becomes the one the viewer sees on public display.
The website's resistance theme also encompasses my personal reaction as an artist and human being to today's dangerous times for our cultural and social institutions. We are backsliding in our values, those that safeguard the human dignity and equality of all persons. Some of our fellow humans who live in our communities and neighborhoods face daily discrimination simply because of who they are. Included in the artwork are a handful of images that respond to these issues, and which symbolically resist this backsliding. Two examples are "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" and "Incarceration."