"Clarity and Confusion" encaustic with metal, 24 x 24.
Well it has been a while since my last post but I have been busy. I will be the Featured Artist at Woolworth Walk the month of July.
Opening Reception July 6, 5-7pm
Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
For the last several years I have taken a sabbatical to begin the process of a new series. It helps me to clear my mind and ready myself for new work. This past year I was traveling in Spain and came upon a huge painting that inspired me for this series, Journeys.
I believe life is a journey, some know just where they are going and find paths that keep them on course for their goals, aspirations, dreams and desires, and there are those that paths find them!
In this series the ladders signify our journey and the climb that may or may not happen. I collaborated with Mark Schieferstein of Skrap Monkey to fabricate my ladders. I think you will find them beautiful, challenging, scary, and complex as they help to complete the soul of the paintings.
I found this beautiful writing by Suzy Kassem and sums my feelings about these works so wonderfully:
Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
is your ultimate
― Suzy Kassem
All pieces are handcrafted in Asheville, NC & created from salvaged materials.
Every item is individually made & truly one-of-a-kind.
Mark Schieferstein was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1973 and studied at the University at Saint Francis. After twenty five years in Indiana, he relocated to Asheville, North Carolina. Since then he has worked as a painter, a picture framer, a canvas builder /stretcher and his passion du jour, a metal sculptor.
Mark is devoted minimalist and his modernist tastes are reflected in everything that he makes, paints and builds. Ineluctably drawn to indestructible steel objects, he combs scrap yards for both inspiration and raw material in piles of industrial cast-offs.