Size: 24"W x 12"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
There are times in life, moments or experiences, that seem as though they will stretch on forever. It is widely agreed upon that distance and speed can alter time, and I feel that it is this phenomenon that is at hand during these times.
During the creation of this piece, I felt lost. Lost is not the right word... I felt stuck. The path to where I wanted to be was so simple and clear, and yet... I felt as though it would always be just out of reach. I felt that no matter how far I pushed myself or how much progress I made, I would always be looking into the distance at a future I would never fully grasp. I kept creating and creating, building toward what I wanted but the more I tried, the more stuck I got; the faster I went, the longer it took.
This stretch of highway reaching to the distance is me looking on to this future, and the moon and clouds hovering motionless in the sky is that haunting stillness I experienced and desperately tried to avoid. As I was working on this one, reflective of the experience, the harder I tried to finish, the further away from completion I got. It wasn't until the clouds were added, the constant glow of the moon embraced rather than rejected, that I was finally able to bring this piece to completion. It was as if I had to slow down, even stop, in order for this piece to move forward. I had to give in, let go, release all attachment to the final outcome and even release all attachment to the way the journey looked, and accept the possibility that one day I may find myself in one of these moments that never ends, and keep in mind that the journey is more important than the destination, that I may never make it... but at least I'll be on my way.
San Francisco born artist Andrew Rosas has a unique take on art. “Art is not the piece, the thing you have created. The piece is just the tool, or the platform. Art is a conversation the creator has with the viewer or the participant. It is the purposeful drawing forth of thought or emotion from another through a conversation had without words. Art is crafting a feeling, or an emotion or idea, such that it becomes real and present for another human being. If I create something, and through the thing I have crafted an emotion or an idea, if I can walk away from it and someone else can step in and feel and understand the idea or the emotion, I have created Art.” Andrew takes much of his motivation from artists such as: MC Escher, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Georges Seurat.