MEDITATION PAINTINGS | 2019 - present
This ongoing series of paintings begun in 2019 is designed to give the viewer a rest from the mass of images and information we are subjected to in our media-saturated age. Referencing both figurative celestial phenomena and abstract minimalism the ease of their creation addresses the idea of minimum effort, maximum effect (Seiryoku Zenyo). At their root they offer access to a more peaceful realm.
Excerpt from Meditation at the Oasis film (2015):
"When I'm out there taking photos of the desert rocks and encounters, it is a form of meditation. A connection to some form of higher power. Its an intense form of focus and concentration. Its about being completely in the moment, absorbed fully in the activity. In this state of mind one becomes a channel for an energy that is so much vaster than oneself. When I enter into a meditative state, I an also experience art on a different dimension. You get to experience things in the art that may not have been present when you first encountered it. It's as though you have accessed the hidden, secretive dimension of the artwork. A connection to what it was that inspired the artwork's creation."
Alexander de Cadenet