The Franciscan notion of the “univocity of being” gave an early philosophical foundation to what we now call the circle of life or ecosystems, holons and fractals (parts that replicate the whole), unitive or contemplative thinking, and mysticism itself. Duns Scotus believed creation was more than an “analogy of being,” as Thomas Aquinas taught; there was an objective continuity between Creator and Creatures.
Empires and Power Series
Themes dealing with individuality, community, propaganda, consumerism and spirituality prevail in this body of paintings. Our collective experience collides and melts into a history which is messy and mysterious. This tumbled expression forms these paintings in multiple visual memes connoting nationalism, pride, neurotic fear, consumption and ultimate reimagining of our place in this mystery . This embedded joint imagery presents an overview of time at one glance, while engaging the viewer in his/her own memories of history presented through this mass media. Ultimately my work prods the viewer to form their own set of memes, outside the box of popular mass media and nationalist propaganda, while sharing honestly in our mutually collective experiences.