From the Artist…
The term “Soluble Fish” comes from the written work of the same name by André Breton who penned the Surrealist Manifesto in 1924 outlining the methodology and madness of both the literary and artistic sects of Surrealism- a movement which would storm the world of traditional arts. Today, some 90 years later Surrealism still thrives in various forms throughout the world.
Surrealism captures a dream which captivates audiences. It exploits the fluidity of the unreal while emphasizing the impermanence of life, its actions and creations. Within its realm, everything is both a fleeting glimpse and infinite at the same time. It is soluble and melts before one’s eyes yet lingers and takes on new meanings scurrying from corner to dark corner of the viewer’s mind. With this achievement, the veil is lifted, the mind is exercised and freedom is experienced.
“The mind of the man who dreams is fully satisfied by what happens to him. The agonizing question of possibility is no longer pertinent. Kill, fly faster, love to your heart’s content. And if you should die, are you not certain of reawaking among the dead? Let yourself be carried along, events will not tolerate your interference. You are nameless. The ease of everything is priceless.”
- André Breton, Surrealist Manifesto
With this new series of paintings, I sought in part to explore the literal- with various fish and aquatic life as my muses. Taking these subjects out of their normal mode and environment, I’ve placed them in positions of authority and acts of liberation. Do they reflect humanity’s strife? Do they cry a primal and desperate scream for help? Do they hold a convex mirror to our own preconceived notions about mortality? The answers reside in your mind dear viewer- your fleeting glimpse (or infinite translation) of these works allows the surreal part to exist. Only within your eyes does art serve its purpose. Now cast your net…