(Image: Jan Maret Willman, Garden of The Sea I, 2012, acrylic, metallic and ink on canvas, 38 x 30 x 2 in.; © Jan Maret Willman)
Jan Maret Willman (b. 1956, Indianapolis, IN)
The paradoxes inherent in the human condition experienced in our outer world are a constant fascination to me.
In my life and art I strive to make a statement of the great intensity and significance that it is to be alive; to face crisis and the ensuing survival that tempers the sword; to embody the contradictions of life in grace and joy for all it’s opposing forces: the beautiful and gruesome, the suffering and peace, the grief and happiness, the dark and light, the empty and full.
I do not seek to control or dominate the world or any image of it, but rather to present a world that is beyond the sight in front of our eyes; the world sensed, apprehended and imaginatively re-created from behind the eye through visual metaphor. My intent is to open the restraining box in the mind of mankind, encouraging the viewer to break down the walls and to see beyond the identified world to the exciting freedom of the frightening unknown.
I strive to impart my pictures with the capacity to free mankind from his/her repression and alienation from nature, and the instincts imposed by a mechanistic civilization.