My practice is concerned with paint and with its inherent capacity to materialise an image. I engage with Tradition in this particular body of work in an attempt to place Still Life within the contemporary art scene in a meaningful manner.
The philosophy of Plato and its exposition by later thinkers in particular Schopenhauer and Heidegger is the foundation for this work which is based on the observation of a single vessel over time. Plato expressed the belief that the artist merging his personality with a given object and in reproducing the object is expressing himself. Schopenhauer concurs that there will occasionally occur a “transition from the common knowledge of particular things to knowledge of the idea” “since the whole consciousness is completely filled and occupied by a single intuitive image”. (Will and Representation). The act of painting for me is a search for this essence which holds the Idea.
I see Life as Idea and through the process of paint, mark and colour engage with its flux and rhythm, drawing analogy through metaphor and creating relationship between reality and imagination.
Thought creates, therefore I find Heidegger’s statement of particular interest; “It is necessary to think one thought, one thought only and think it through to the end”.
Posted by Joan Coen