During my formative years in Europe the concept of interdependence of art and society was embedded within the fabric of culture and history of the region. Art was often considered a means of progressive action, an enabler affecting society, culture and individuals. That form of modernist idealism had initially some effect on me. Later though my work was often driven by interest to explore and examine social, psychological and existential contexts, and their implications. The awareness of perpetual conflict, where instinct of self-preservation and procreation, civilization and culture often collide toward self-destruction, chaos and ultimate void, became an important part of my work as well..
Acts of transgressions have irreversible consequences, often tragic and senseless. They happen every day to everybody directly and indirectly. We live in times of perpetual conflict. By responding to it, art may have the potential to transcend its own artificiality and context.
On a personal level, the act of applying paint with brush, knife, rag or hands is a physical activity with its inherent ambiguities and visceral connotations, while our own physiological banality clashes with spiritual and mental alienation, as a constant of our life.
The Europa Series attempts to confront the context, manifestation, impact and personalization of conflict, transgressions and violence. The series comprises of a number of oil paintings initially triggered by recent European conflicts. Its initial groundwork was based on figurative imagery that underwent a process of reduction and fragmentation through separation of the content. A painting resolved this way without explicitly invoked narrative, but affected by the physicality of the process may then present an ambiguous perspective on violence as an organized, aesthetically satisfactory abstraction, when transgressions and conflict are repressed within our cultural conditioning while seeking refuge in socially acceptable interpretations.
The series is inspired by Milton’s poem and T.S. Eliot select works. It deals with isolation, temptation of the physical and the carnal and attempts to find center and meaning. Human figure and its references may present themselves as potent vehicles to examine basic ontological questions. The figuration may beget symbolic connotations on personal level, as there is no narrative imposition. The emotional content does not exclusively define the work, though hopefully guides it toward clearer exposition.