Bridgitte Bridgette Montgomery
Bridgitte Montgomery Artist Statement
As an artist, I am inspired by my vivid dream states and intuition. The expression of my art is derived from internal methodologies and by the scholarly study of historical and cultural references to the psyche and the phenomenal world. I translate the colors, moods, themes, and the abstract settings of my dream states and visions on canvas and sculpture. The expression of my art also explores universal archetypes and symbols of the collective unconscious mind. My inspiration is constantly being revitalized by the teachings of the psychologist, Carl Jung and cultural scholars, Henry Louis Gates and Joseph Campbell.
The process of personal growth through life's varied experiences is also meaningful to my work. Through the study of psychology and art therapy, I challenge myself to explore and express notions of the super conscious mind, the spirit, and the soul within an historical context. Every aspect of life may be channeled through my artwork whether it is the manifestation of wonder in life, or the extraordinary in nature.
In the creative process, I receive a visual impression that is either figurative or symbolic. I analyze its philosophical meaning and its level of originality, I decide how valuable the impression might be to myself or others. Finally, I translate the meaning into my artwork.
Being a byproduct of a culturally diverse ancestry, African, Irish, and Asian/Native American, I also incorporate the symbols, metaphors, and allegories of Egyptian symbolism, Celtic mysticism, the appreciation of nature, and shamanism into my artwork.
Choosing the appropriate style of art for each project is often established by the specific concept that is being conveyed. My artwork covers a broad range of styles. In a historical context, I relate to the spiritual intent of the Symbolist, the methodology of Dada, and the stylistic freedom of the Surrealist.
Choosing the appropriate medium is often determined by the subject matter of each painting or sculpture. I work with oil paint, and clay. On occasion, I often combine the two by building up a shallow relief on canvas.
My art challenges viewers to ponder this question: if our dream states are the manifestation of our unhindered consciousness, are we more honest, or more of our true nature in our dream states? My art has had a universal appeal based on the supposition that there is a certain unity in human consciousness and experience.