December 2 - January 28, 2017
Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
Into the Mystic
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.”
The Diaries of Etty Hillesum (holocaust victim)
Creating art is part of my journey of discovering my own inner awareness. My primary inspiration comes from those around me who recognize beauty in the mundane. I am a father to a very inquisitive five year-old. Along with working as an outreach art teacher at Ervin Elementary School, I feel continually blessed to see the world through the eyes of innocence. These encounters challenge me to make new discoveries that frequently involve me listening to the unexpected. It sometimes includes a 4 am wake up call when a small person tugs at me to “go see the stars” and joyful exclaims, “Daddy they are shining just for us!”
In my current series of works my focus is on exploring themes of what is sacred, giving room for a variety of perspectives. I view this as including a sense of connection to something bigger than myself; this can apply to having simply a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness.
My method for many of these paintings was to begin with no plan in mind. It was during the process of applying paint, that ideas suggested themselves to me. This journey takes a life of it’s own, where I get out of the way and let the painting speak. The decisions concerning color, light and space become largely intuitive. This practice is a meditative exercise for me that becomes an important outlet to keep my life in balance. The grace to quiet my ego long enough to embrace uncertainty allows me to connect to the greatest of all Creators. My hope is that as you witness these small glimpses “into the mystic,” you too may embrace the possibility of being intricately connected to the infinite. David Bondt