I recently added a Mud Montage Gallery containing 22 digital reflection artworks. The montages are created by reflecting my abstract nature photography. The original mud photographs were captured on our car which was driven hundreds of times down country roads without a single wash during mud season. The surface of the car acted as a canvas for the wind, mud and water.
I was expecting to find interesting geometric abstract patterns within the mud montage explorations. Unexpectedly, many of the abstract designs seem to parallel nature inspired Islamic Architecture and Girih tiling techniques. The creation of Mud Montage 18, Phoenix Headdress Totem (shown left) caught me by surprise. How does a wingspread bird with a beacon of light perched on a human head show itself out of naturally weathered patterns on an automobile? What does this bird symbol mean? At the time of creation I was researching alchemical processes and symbolism as well as having lucid dreams. Could there be a personal correlation to the mystical alchemical phoenix which symbolizes rebirth and enlightenment? Maybe the bird signifies a Genius Loci (spirit of the place and/or inanimate objects).
There are many vortex like images that appear when reflecting the details of nature by multiples of four. The saying “God is 4″ comes to mind during this process. If we can reveal god through artistic exploratory mediums, are we in turn, engaging the source of all creativity in the universe? Are these glimpses of the creative entity otherwise known as “Yoni” or “the divine womb?”
I am an artist creating and revealing imagery. I study nature, art, psychology, philosophy, religion, science and alchemy. The symbolism which unfolds in this medium throws logical scientific processes off balance. The mud photographs fall within what I call “energy patterns.” The energy patterns are caused by excessive forces such as wind, water and tidal erosion. The stronger the force, the more brilliant the pattern, the more likely a visual language appears. This language, whether it’s origin be from nature or an unknown, reflects mystical conundrums.
When the storm god speaks, I listen with my eyes.
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Link to full collection: Mud Montage Gallery