I am interested in human behavior. I believe that people usually have reasons for their actions and choices. I have found some insight into the human psyche by researching psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory. Maslow theorizes that human self-actualization occurs as a person first satisfies basic physical needs, then more complex emotional needs, driven, one need after another, step-by-step up the hierarchical ladder. Maslow’s theory helped shape some of the themes and construction of my current artwork.
On a more personal note, in addition to Maslow’s theory, I have also been influenced by my own personal therapy. I was introduced to eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy spring of 2019. The travels through my mind have taken me to some interesting places. As Brene Brown said in her book “The Gifts of Imperfection” I am “digging deep” for my new images, from myself and others. The subject matter in my relationship series is about the physical, spiritual and mental known and unknown of human’s psyche in relation to ourselves, others and a higher power.
This series is an ongoing project consisting of contemporary surrealist figurative forms. The Surrealists sought to access the power of their imaginations by delving into their unconscious thoughts. I have always admired the creativity of the Surrealists’ works. I often fall asleep thinking of a visual I am working on and wake up with some crazy creative solution to my image. Meditative hiking is another way I have recently found new creative personel insight. My current prints are a modern-day extension of the Surrealist movement. I am excited to see how far down the rabbit hole I can go with my work and if self-actualization is possible for all us mere mortals!