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Engineering

The unexamined life is not worth living.
Socrates, in Plato, Dialogues, Apology

“I am an Artist and an Engineer”.  My art investigates the truth of that statement.  It takes into question the ultimate nature of “being” an artist and an engineer.  According to one definition an artist is “a person who creates one of a kind objects that communicate information concerning the creator and the context.”, and an engineer is defined as “a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems and produce goods for society”.  How are these two defining natures different, and how are the systems similar?  My art explores this “self-duality” and the aesthetics that is generated by combining the two personas.

The exploration of this dual-self aesthetics is to create the artwork.  To start the motif I use formal artistic traditions such as value studies, color theory and composition.  Similarly, I incorporate technological knowledge in photography, analytical perspective and symbols to develop practical solutions to problems within the painting.  The artwork is the tangible and visible entity which gives form to the idea.  The act of painting creates a dialog between the artist-engineer and helps in developing a personal artistic sensibility.

The goal is the complete fusion of both systems into a coherent and harmonious object of art.  They are not to work mutually exclusive from the other just as I don’t see myself as two persons.  Success is measured by how well the self-duality is revealed and reconciled.   How the viewer is aware of this combination and is provokes by the experience is an extension of the artwork’s essence.  For me it is a spiritual journey of personal acceptance, acknowledgement, and gratitude.

I am part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.

Ulysses by Alfred Tennyson

 

 

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