“… the irresistibility of [nature's] power certainly makes us, considered as natural beings, recognize our physical powerlessness, but at the same time it reveals a capacity for judging ourselves as independent of nature and a superiority over nature…whereby the humanity in our person remains undemeaned even though the human being must submit to that dominion”
–Critique of Judgement, Immanuel Kant
“…And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused
[…] A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.”
–Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, William Wordsworth
Beginning with a scribble, I was intrigued how within the most basic of marks, so much of an artist is revealed. In a matter of a second, any person can make a mark that has so much variation in movement, pressure and form that it becomes near impossible to replicate.
During the Spring of 2018, I had the opportunity to study painting in the south of France, Aix-en-Provence. Looking to the French-Masters as guidance to understand the intent and philosophies of paint. Escaping to the provencal landscapes daily and spending time in Venice, Italy; here, I was introduced to a very wholistic understanding of art and a grasp of modernism’s core.
“Two things make the poet and the artist: his rising above the real, and residing within the domain of sense. Where these two qualities are allied, there is true art.”
–Extract of a Letter, From Schiller to Goethe (1797_