Size: 34"W x 24"H x 1.25"D
Year Created: 2005
Ready to Hang
I once came upon a photograph by Edward Weston of a bell pepper. I was blown away by the beauty and grace of its wildly sensual curves. His ambition in every photograph was to "make the commonplace unusual". He made it wondrous, beautiful, luminous, almost unreal. He succeeded in making us see as if for the first time. I hope I have too. I decided to go another step- couldn't resist. The resemblance was striking. Is it a still life, or is it figurative? Is it realism or surrealism? Do you hang it in the kitchen or the bedroom? The answer, of course, is... yes. Apimentado. To taste.
I have always been drawn to different cultures and compelling places. Maybe it took root in childhood when, as a military brat, I would have to move every few years to a new place, new home, school, friends, land on my feet, and engage. In college I studied world history, economy, cultures and eventually learned two languages, and have lived and traveled in most parts of the U.S. as well as West Africa, Europe and South America. I went on to study and get two more degrees in theology/spiritual formation and art. In each case, the deeper you go with honesty and humility, the more likely you are to strike a chord that resonates universally. I work as a pastor now, which to me is similar to being an artist or bartender or doing standup. In each case, you have to look and listen closely, observe and engage the sublime, the ridiculous, the beautiful and the heartbreaking, all while not taking yourself too seriously.