I have recently produced a new series of work titled, Ornamental, and it’s just that, decorative. Or is it more? I could and have conjured up a statement for the work but does that change what the work is?
This series explores notions of the intangible. What defines an object’s physical form? What constitutes a line? An edge?
The essence of form is a struggle between perceived solidity and the insoluble ethereality of matter, these images dwell within the space between.
I think it does. Introducing a statement to the work provides handles upon which viewers place their grasp. However, the statement must maintain an article of truth/convincibility before a viewer will take hold. If the statement lacks this connection, the work is better off without it. Otherwise, a statement drags the work down with it, destroying any chance of viewer involvement.
~ John Trefethen