Oil/box canvas, $3000
A bird in flight transforms into the mythical Phoenix which is a symbol thought to represent feminine grace and the sun. It is a sacred firebird that can be found in the mythologies of the Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Chinese, Japanese and Hindu. Though there are several variations of the tale of the Phoenix, most versions say that the Phoenix resides in paradise. This land is said to be a perfect world that was beyond the sun and was sometimes considered to be a representation of heaven.
In some stories, before the universe existed, the Phoenix was said to be flying around over the sea to choose to land on a lone island pyramid and sing a beautiful song, which is said to be the trigger that started the beginning of the creation of the universe itself. The phoenix was also known to represent some of the most valued virtues like goodness, reliability and kindness. It was considered good luck in many cultures to spot a phoenix and a sign of a new era.
Science is the Phoenix of our present mythology. Quantum physics has created a shift in the twenty first century’s view of reality. Modern physics suggest everything in the universe down to the tiniest subatomic particles is held together like patterns in an ornate carpet: one thing a seamless extension of everything else. We are literally connected to the furthest reaches of the cosmos, light waves of the grandest dimensions creating dynamic patterns. Some call it the symphony of the universe. Albert Einstein put it this way. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
My intent as an artist is to create the symphony of the universe with vivid color, three dimensional pattern and inclusive subject matter. I want to join with the forces of wonder and bring back a culture representing a new and hopeful world. The culture of the Phoenix. Beyond the perception of our five senses, quantum mechanics suggests that everything physical is connected within this vast sea which can be seen as a paradise. I paint to acknowledge this shift in our way of seeing the world. It is my belief that there is so much war, fear and uncertainty in our lives I have no desire to add to it with bleak or didactic paintings. We have the power to change the world by positive thought and visions of a better reality.