My current primary medium, Eglomise’ with Reflective Elements / reverse painting on distressed mirror, might be considered a new genre of artistic expression. I work with new plate glass mirror, a reflective silver coating applied to one side where this becomes the back of a flat piece of reflective glass, i.e. a mirror. This mirrored surface is my canvas where the silver coating is etched with an alkyline chemical and where some of the reflective coating is lost in process, creating windows of clear glass against the silver. I then paint on the back side of the glass to achieve the desired effect. Color, form and the remaining silver / reflective coating are viewed from the front of the glass.
Color & form, including the silver of the residual reflective coating in my compositions are not controlled by determination to create anything that would resemble an exact representation of the natural world, or heavens. Although and perhaps, a view through the looking glass into an alternative world, a personal reality shared. I want to hide objective reasoning, where subjective reason might stand in the forefront. The canvas of reflective glass is now an object of art / Eglomise’ with Reflective Elements.
Art courts the physic, most human’s respond to color emotionally, visually interpreted, color cannot be analyzed except by experiential association with another object or idea. Color, form and symbols interpreted by culture and personal experience, allow us to think and feel by way of subjective and objective reasoning. These windows of abstract form and color offer a “behind the looking glass” experience, a photo mosaic delivered to the mind by neuroscience and imagination. Thoughts and perceptions create opportunity for personal introspection, consideration of other dimensions and perhaps life just out side of our present existence. Where our bodies are a composite of the elements of our universe and when looking through the glass, one might consider the origin of our existence, we see ourselves in the art, a reflection of creation.