Thursday, June 18, 2015

Artist Statement

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We are observers of photons and light. We are observers of events and circumstances. We are observers of truth. We are the messengers of truth.
We are not only observers. We are actors in the universe. 
Humans' actions and thoughts are governed by the universal principles of morality and truth. To negotiate, there must be equal and reciprocal result. Therefore, the universal principles are reciprocal in nature.
The universal principles that I speak of include a right to self-determination, a right to pursuit of happiness and well-being, and a right to pursuit of knowledge and truth. These are not universal such as the Newton's laws of motion. They are noble ideas brought to us by higher beings from the heavens. They make appearance in the context of a civilized world order, where the rule of law prevails. It is up to us to make the principles truly universal.
Because the universe consists of opposite duality, like a double-edged sword, something that is good in one situation can have a negative effect in another. There will be two different results for the same principle in question. This is why the principles that I speak of, which emphasize only the good, are not universal in reality.
Truth is one of them. The truth is something that can be distorted, manipulated, and controlled. Through language and information. People distort and manipulate the truth to their own advantage. They re-write the history and take advantage of the weak and the less-informed. We distort the truth by emphasizing or highlighting certain aspects of the truth, while refusing to deliver the whole picture. We distort the truth and misinform the masses, manipulate their views, and use their voices to our own ends.
Through painting, I insist on the destruction of this persistent process of manipulating the truth. Through painting I am making a stand for the truth as a universal principle, and a right of all observers and actors. Through painting I am trying to deliver the whole picture, not just a part of the picture, and the whole truth, not a part of the truth.
The truth that I speak of is not absolute but a relative curvature of effectiveness and relevance. In other words, truth is absolute in that it is relative; and truth is relative in that it is absolute. I sometimes symbolize truth in the shape of an arc.
In my paintings, I am an observer and a messenger. I try to deliver the truth by capturing the essence of the subject or the emotion that I am trying to depict. This is the act of avoiding distortion by reducing what I observe down to its essence. I choose beauty as the overall theme because it is something that I am naturally drawn to. It did not have to fight me to win me over. Beauty is a truth that is innately peaceful. In these times when truth is contested and fought over, the assertion that we the people are beautiful, and therefore the universe is beautiful, is something that I will devote my art towards.

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