SHELDON KREVIT - ARTIST STATEMENT
| It is with
some reluctance that I write this statement. Thats because, for
me, as a visual artist, I believe that the work speaks for itself. Isnt
that the way its supposed to be? Art is a language, the universal
language. So why do so many art goers require written statements
to explain what the art is supposed to express? To quote J.Krishnamurti:
The word is not the thing, and we must be absolutely clear from
the beginning that the explanation is not the explained.
Painting and drawing is
essential to who I am, how I have lived, and (most likely) how I will
continue to live this life. The written and spoken word is more of a
second language for me.
The images on this site or any site cannot replicate the experience of being in the presence of the work. They never will. (I dont use computer screens as my medium, and a painting thats sixteen feet wide does not equate to an image of a few inches in width. Trying to photographically represent the sand paintings is an act of futility. Their nature cannot be experienced through this medium.) They are offered as a glimpse to the unacquainted, an invitation to view the real thing.
who view my work often remark that I must have extraordinary patience. Its
true that much of my work is packed with information and takes considerable time
to create. Im interested in essence, in that which is timeless, in the organic
continuum that is the cosmos. The act of creating, for me, is a kind of meditation
involving my attention to the present, to the act of painting or drawing. I never
know how long a particular work may take to create, because I dont know
where the activity of creating it will lead me. Time (and therefore patience)
is not a factor. I take each piece as far as I can, until its resolved.
Santa Fe, NM February 3, 2009; August 5, 2009.