Monday, April 13, 2009

Wheat Field Bound

This piece is 3' x 6' and is composed of wheat, barbed wire and coated in an expoxy resin. People who have seen it already have described it in fascinating ways. Some see abundance, kept at bay by our own lack of feeling worthy of it. Others see imagry of sacrifice. I continue to play with symbols that suggest both abundance and scarcity. Are we bound by our needs in a way that creates fear and uncertainty? Or are the things of this world unlimited, provided we use our mind in a continually evolving, fearless and creative way? I often wonder, especially in these times - are we bound by our fear of an unsustainable future because we see it only through the prism of our current knowledge? I love Einstein's quote - 'We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.' What would this world look like if we, each one of us, awakened to our true creative power? What would happen if we decided that we would no longer allow fear to dictate our actions? These are some of the thoughts I had while making this piece.

2 Comments:

At April 14, 2009 at 2:04 PM , OpenID forgottenman said...

"Blessed are those who know that suffering doesn't entitle them to a crown of glory." (Jorge Luis Borges)

Maybe when we all see this truth, we'll realize the beautiful abundance that surround us =)

 
At April 14, 2009 at 4:57 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Robert, I love your art. Looking at this mixed-media work made me realize how important this crop is to our country, how it represents our survival as human beings and as a nation. We do not often realize how important and necessary wheat is because it is so abundant, as you mentioned.

In your work you present us with a dual presence: at first the viewer is shocked at the immediacy of the wheat by having the real objects present, but then the viewer is separated from this necessary source of nourishment with the barbed wire and the bold blue color. It is unsettling and intriguing, leading right into these questions you pose for the viewer and reader of your blog. It's just awesome and inspiring. Nicely done!

 

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