March 16, 2018 by smithartonline
Le Rêve: Third Day of Creation will be included in the 93rd Annual Pasadena Society of Artists Exhibition in April. Artists whose work will be in the show are to contribute a statement specific to the chosen work. Mine is as follows:
Le Rêve: Third Day of Creation
I am a storyteller, a symbolist. I provide the viewer with a set of visual symbols to draw upon to create a personal and intimate story. Each person will arrive at a very different destination. The journey is personal and interactive…always developing.
I have been focused upon the concepts of creation. In this case, it is the Judeo-Christian belief system used as a basis…with the addition of the dream state. The presented symbols reference the story while others are personally generated symbols. All relate to the third day of creation.
Even though I was the maker, there are still hidden corners that I have yet to explore. A work of art will continue to evolve even after the final paintbrush is put down. I know what the picture is saying to me: go find your own story.
“Sometimes you dream of the butterfly –
How do you know the butterfly isn’t dreaming you?”
This piece has its genesis in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament. Every culture I am aware of has some sort of a creation story…this happens to be one of many which came to mind while the work progressed.