Gifts of the Spirit with Ron Athey
I create multi media work with my body, ink, oil, and photos, a lifetime torn and layered into text, my own, or the gift of random lines that continue to haunt and inspire.
Striving towards an insight into space and being that doesn’t line up with the shorthand of everyday vision I aspire to zoom past the representational into the realm of poetic realism.
Two Japanese aesthetic principles guide me. Wabi Sabi come to intuitively as I have always found beauty in imperfection. And Clinamen realized in the doing over time as I discovered how to deliberately break a stylistic rule to enhance the beauty of an otherwise “perfect” whole .
I am applying to the Georga residency as a writer although I believe the piece I will be finishing in Paris should I be so honored will have at its center my own visuals in the form of collage and video.My new work is planned as a companion piece to a completed multi media play. In it my art functions as both character(s) and a collective breaths that the operatic nature of the text demands.