ARTIST STATEMENT - 2017
Meaningful Play: Genes & Chromosomes
Art is a spiritual passage of discovery for me, I search to connect things
that appear to be unrelated. Creating art is an all-engrossing mental
and physical exercise, from concept to designing models to fabricating
and casting molds to finishing each artwork. In order to complete each
piece, I continually search for the truth of material and the meaning of
form, but sometimes the artwork itself takes the lead.
Often, inspiration is a mystery. My head is constantly spinning with
information absorbed from the outside world, but the nature of my
work is always influenced by the very experience of creating art. The
underlying essence of my artwork relates to the concepts and forms
of the “human condition”, and often encompasses numerous
characteristics of the human experience. It has led me to my current
meaningful play on genetics.
My current series consists of meticulously fabricated organomorphic shapes that are a result of pausing to consider the interior of the human body and its connections to primordial forms of life. Secondary concepts lie beneath the surface, stemming from a cocktail of diverse interests, including: composed sound, philosophy, faith, cosmology, and biotechnology. These concepts are then shaken, poured, and iced down through my own personal absurdities, dreams and metaphors.
Contemporary artist, Ralph Pàquin, contemplates some of his latest organomorphic shapes to complete a new series of abstract drawings in his art studio at the historic Mayfair Mill in Spartanburg, SC.