Creating visual closure from abstraction is a natural human tendency. Even as young children, we want to make sense from the most inanimate objects by assigning visual facsimiles to the world we know, much like forming a gestalt in the ever-changing clouds.
In my “Cloud Watching” series, I artificially replicate this moment by designing a random graphic template to build upon. During the process of creation, objects appear and are subject to the conditions of the moment — it’s a way to tap into the subconscious in a controlled, yet random manner. The final composition is a juxtaposition of objects that share a unique coexistence with each other. Their bond is the mass that they consume and their conformity to laws of the world I have forged for them.
Since paintings from “Cloud Watching” are completely free of a personal narrative, the viewer can take ownership of the story through their own experiences with the combination of objects, completing the cycle of visual closure.