Often we over look the craftsmanship in the small items that accompany us in our daily lives; be they of wood, glass, leather or steel. Their designers put a lot of thought behind their creations; of which we take little notice.
The usefulness of these small items is taken for granted, even though life would be a bit difficult without them. When we take a spoon in our hands, for example, the feel of it goes unnoticed, as we sip our soup or stir our coffee. Unless it is poorly crafted, only then do we take notice; it does not feel right or does not look right, or its promotions are not correct.
When we finish with the spoon, and lay it with another, few see the interplay between them, and what we can learn about still life. Sometimes the placement of these items is more pleasing to the eye then the floral arrangement in the center of the table.
This is the image statement for the theme called “Placements”. In this group of photos I want to expose this silent world, by focusing on just that interplay. My subjects are forks, knifes and spoons, as they are sometimes laid grouped together. Although, our view is atop them __ looking down __, I chose to view them from their side; different things are revealed from that perspective which are hidden from atop. By shifting our view, we can enter another realm where there is the male, the female, the strong, the weak, the aggressive, the passive; all in an interplay far beyond the intent of their designers.
For the observant, the intimacy, compassion, solitude, and symmetry, that may be seen in the subjects are not, in reality, in the subjects at all. The reality is that the artist has penetrated the inner walls of the viewer and has mirrored, in him or her, the hopes of intimacy, compassion, solitude, and symmetry. Likewise, if one were to see obsession, aggression, and discord, then perhaps, these maybe the very things that one wants to distance oneself from. My hope __ by the Grace of Allah __ is that my work has achieved that level of penetration, and that it has caused the viewer to look and see who they really are within themselves when they view these items.
As stated before in my other blogs, the scanned images are from prints __ which are upload to the website __ will never have the quality of the original; different from digital images of which these are not. I am assured that most people know that, but I am not sure they do . . . Still, they do however represent my work; voice, style and feel. The image size __ some were printed in Sweden where there is the metric system, which is different from the imperial units __ is about 4” x 14", and the mat size is about 12” x 24”. Both the paper and the mat are archival, and are available for purchase in editions of twenty five (25); signed and numbered on both the images themselves and their mats.
I ask that you take a little time from you busy day and view my work in the IMAGES section of the site. Let me know your thoughts on my work, and give me a like. I look forward to hearing from you.