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Art and the Mind

The artist’s interpretation of reality is unique. With a work of art the artist becomes the medium for replaying what is not only seen and unseen but perceived.

I am facinated by the relationship between line, colour and space, the interaction of these three and how they effect, distort or change each other from what is understood and recognised.

It is the viewer (the one who looks at art) seeing through experience and position that interacts with the artist perspective.

I like to think that I can challenge the mind by creating a new situation which draws the viewer. The mind is always looking for what it knows and relates to desiring to make sense.

I started painting during the op-art movement. When ... create a vibrant and dynamic movement. How can you create movement from a static 2D object.

A painting is unique in that it effects the emotion, a representation or graphic is at best descriptive and flat, a painting reflects the mind of the artist in narrative or story.

Art is a statement of emotion. A work of art transmits an emotion which the viewer can experience as well. It may be shocking, challenging, happy, sad desperate, inquiring amongst a range of emotional responses.

The artist doesn’t intentionally aim to transmit or create an emotion. I paint what I see. It is my interpretation of my world through my eyes, the juxtaposition of colour, line and space come together abstracted into an unfamiliar form. It is the combination and interaction that interests me.

Perspective fascinates me. Perspective starts with a person’s position, being lines of view which relate an object to another object. Perspective in buildings takes the eye and mind to a place of conference and meeting. Perspective occurs when parallel lines in reality are viewed at an angle directing the eye to a meeting point. A painting may have a number of points of perspective depending on the angle and number of separate objects. In a uniform cuboid three dimensional structure perpective has two meeting points.

But what happens when the natural rules are changed? The mind has to make sense of what it perceives, in order to do that it tries to understand and create new rules by using experience against experimental process. This depends on the individual and imagination. At the point of conflict, in the mind’s eye, an opportunity arises for a new perspective, which bends the convention from what is normally expected. Out of that is created opportunity to engage with the unseen.

My geometric abstract art has a mathematical relationship with rules that govern the process of a particular work. At the outset I agree, with myself, a number of parameters which must be followed. It is these rules that characterizes a work and gives it individuality. The viewer subconsciously recognises and relates to the demands of the geometry with the mind recognising something which is vaguely familiar. Predictable but outside what reality suggests.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       John Petch March 2015

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