In the series Socrates' Pursuit, I use abstract symbols to depict the various ways we fight for truth. Whether the subject relates to Socrates and his Socratic Method, applying dialogue and reason to all manners of inquiry; to Malala, the courageous Pakistani girl fighting for the right of all girls to education; or to Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web and its immense effect on the dissemination of information, my work addresses a threat as relevant today, in the age of mass communication, as it has ever been.
All my paintings start with an idea. Using a crisp visual vocabulary, based on a single building block consisting of bars of various sizes, colors and textures, I give form to the idea. The Spiral symbol, standing for the dialectical Socratic Method in the search for truth, is a recurring, unifying image in my work. The twisting, pulsing forms denote either the force of chaos, or that of light & life, depending on context. Colors & textures are deployed for their emotional content.
My intention is to apply my visual vocabulary to represent a multitude of ideas from various spheres of human thought – philosophy, sciences, politics, popular culture, etc… Insofar as the viewer can grasp the idea through the visual construct in a Zen-like manner – as in deciphering a mathematical equation – and is prompted to engage in critical thinking, I have achieved my purpose.