The following works are Paintings from the 2019 series, Mindscape.
These paintings describe a surreal, colorful “place” that is projected in the mind by the pineal gland in order to deal with psychological and emotional trauma. This place is described through the landscapes and colors of each painting, the way vivid dreams translate our everyday into landscapes, colors, and strange events.
The viewer can travel through the exhibit with a booklet that describes introductory elements of dream symbology, to decipher meanings of each painting of the series for themselves. Though these are productions from my own visual experience of this projected place, I hope the viewer will consider themselves reflected in them, seeing portraits of their own life in parts of the pieces that reflect our collective consciousness.
Fire can symbolize destruction, passion, desire, illumination, purification, transformation, enlightenment, or anger, depending on how it relates to the other elements of the image. If the fire is under control, and does not inspire fear, it can symbolize one’s own internal fire of transformation, burning something old and entering into something new. A fire that is controlled by a human may signify creative energy, or drive. Fire and water together in an image may symbolize a polarizing issue in your waking life, an emotional conflict pulling you in two directions.
Lush green trees symbolize new hopes, desires, growth, knowledge, and life. It also implies strength, protection, and stability. You are concentrating on your own self-development.