ABOUT: I love the opportunity of using a mirror to present two sides of a person. We’re all fascinated by our own reflection. It is our opportunity to consider how others might see us, and a possible time to reflect upon ourselves – our appearance, our aging process, or our unique features.
ABOUT: Themes of an Arcadia, a Golden Age, a garden of Eden, take us to an ideal place, a place that represents freedom and innocence. Cynics will argue that such places do not exist, and never did. For me, Arcadia is a state of mind, and we can live here all the time.
ABOUT: The mirror is such a wonderful device much used by artists through history. It allows to us to consider ideas such as the other self, what is real and unreal, contemplation of the self, and so on. The title, Reflect Back, suggests both a literal interpretation – a mirror reflection of the back body, as well as a reflective look into the past. As always, the viewer is allowed his or her personal interpretation. Personally, I really enjoy the opportunity of looking at the figure from two views, simultaneously. The mirror provides another depth of view. We look into the room that we’re standing in. It demands more technical skill for the artist, too.
ABOUT: My personal life is one of almost continuous journeying, and this informs my view of life. We are here briefly, enjoying the adventure and challenges we experience when traveling to a new place. How to keep that spark of enthusiasm we have when we go somewhere different is the key to living that way in our day to day life. The best way to live a life without regrets is to live our best life here and now. So when it is time for our ‘departure’ we know we’ve lived our life fully.
ABOUT: Political and social issues are forever messy and need clarification. The are controversial and subject to discussion, debate, and argument. We may never fully arrive at universal agreement. They are laborious and need ironing out.