Artist Statement

Abstract art is impersonal, expressed in movements such as a burst, swipe, or something falling. This is my subject; but it is more than a subject, it is both the action of generating the art, as well as the outcome.

Ideas and sensations initiate action during the painting event; the actions taken during the processes of creating evoke further expression. Once a foundational concept is established, making art happens fairly quickly. The entire process is considered a success when the art evokes states in the viewer somewhat similar to those experienced by the artist.

There are two modalities in creating my art: one is looking inward, and the other, outward. They both seem endless in potential. When the two meet at the center the art suggests the infinite.

It helps the appreciation experience if the viewer can free themselves of seeing representational forms in the work, and instead, see the art directly, without interpretation.

My art mirrors the experience of the human psyche. It is made by moving with freedom, and this is why we can relate to it. It reflects inner states, without representation; a statement of what is, in a moment.

It also helps the understanding of my art to reflect on our bi-lateral symmetry, our conditional duality (head above and body below) subject to gravity, our proprioception (the internal sense of our body in space.) This is my actual subject, while the flowing paint or manipulated digital media ideally reflect that in real-time.

The duality of a box or light above and a burst or another box below refer to duality: consciousness/light/awareness and conflict/separation/energy. The underlying grid is the ever-present, and systematized, human activity.

I am not attempting to invent anything new. Art for me is timeless; or if anything, receding back in time rather than forward.

Stephen Paul Connor