Conceptually-based visual art
I create objects and situations as explorations of the connection between inner and outer worlds. I search for the remnants and evidence left in our bodies of parents, ancestors, and the body's relationship to the natural world, and manipulate and repeat them to allow resonances to other natural forms to surface. The repetition of the pulse and the breath, and the notation of the passage of time over millennia, are part of the creation of this work.
I am only partly content to work within the studio-based, gallery-driven constructs of the avant-garde artist identity. I am bound by conscience and conviction to extend my reach beyond art worlds, and into the wider world that is already art. Convincing every human being that they contain the power to transform the world requires offering direct experience in every-day situations. Public, participatory projects such as Drawing Water
, The Listening Station
, and Show Someone How You Feel About Something
are only complete when in use by participants, whose experiences become the work of art.
To hear me speak about my studio work and public projects, see the video
made by David Kessler.