A Question of Morals: November 30, 2019

ARTIST STATEMENT

I was originally trained as an interior designer after studying for twelve years in a Catholic seminary and monastery but now create works of art which address social morality. For me these works of art are compelling in light of the many changes in society today. They hold a meaning beyond aesthetic considerations and challenges the viewer to be mindful of the unspoken, intuitive and immutable moral truths that form the foundation of human society.

In the arena of contemporary art, these works of art are part of a larger movement that is based on a philosophy of Socialmoralism, which proposes to reach beyond visual imaging and social issues to speak to the personal, spiritual, ethical life of the viewer. Works of art in this movement and the artists who create them in diverse ways; visual, music, dance, video, preforming arts all participate in moving the individual observer to change.

Art historians have defined art movements as a style with a specific common philosophy or goal, followed by a group of artists during a recognized period of time. While historically art has appealed to the viewer to see truth, beauty, compassion, virtue among other realities, it seems recently, in the work of creatives who work with activist art, political art, feminist art, queer art, among other themes, that the intention of moving the viewers ‘behavior’ is central to the motivation to create art. Socialmoralism is not religious moralism but is connected to primitive, artistic and religious activity in seeking the transformative power of art in society. This philosophy proposes that we see past contemporary art as entertainment or as a financial investment to discover art looking for universal Moral Truths.

Today I work collaboratively across a variety of media including sculpture, assemblage, photography, printmaking, furniture making, and interior design. I initially incorporated guns and roses imagery as a response the changing conversation occurring in society today. The use of that imagery combined with other concepts continues in this exhibition an exploratory journey that incorporated my experience with religion and spirituality with a clean, unapologetic aesthetic addressing moral principles such as truthfulness, compassion, generosity, integrity.