View In Room
View In Room
Archival pigment print on handmade Japanese fiber paper
Edition of 15
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Ikigai is a Japanese concept that translates to "a reason for being." Psychologist, Michiko Kumano talks of ikigai as "entailing actions of devoting oneself to pursuits one enjoys and is associated with feelings of accomplishment and fulfillment."
Ikigai #1 is the first in a new series where the artist is photographing actual paintings that he has created using watercolor and acrylic on various mediums. These paintings are then photographed, combined and processed digitally. After several test prints on different types of paper, Kevin finally settled on a handmade Japanese fiber paper that holds a beautiful subtle texture that truly speaks to the paints used in the original artworks. It is of worth to note that each of these works from this series is a combination of at least, but not limited to, two paintings.
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Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Based in: Fayetteville, WV
Photography for me has been many things, though the one thing I’d rather not be called or labeled as is a Photographer. It does so happen that I use a camera to create my work and it is the most important physical tool used in my process, but it’s from within that my work is envisioned and brought to life. My journey with a camera started when I was in middle school. It was during a photography class that I fell in love with the process of arranging people, shapes, colors, lines, etc. into a rectangle, pressing the shutter and capturing them forever, frozen in time. My creative journey would lead me through many different subject phases and attempts to find a voice but it wasn’t until I broke free of literal and representational photography that I would find it.
To describe the motivation for my work today is like riding a wave. I attempt to keep my senses open to my current surroundings and be willing to see the world through my present emotions and simply create. The idea of a destination, or leaving the house with an image in mind has been dissolved from my creative process and has been replaced with capturing feelings, shapes, colors, lines, textures; acting out of intuition with my camera as opposed to creating something we have all seen and been associated with before.
When presenting my work I aspire to provoke something from within the viewer. To disarm them of their predispositions, allow them to wander their interior and get lost in the viewing. I wish to allow for the imagination to ebb and flow throughout the composition and drum up a conversation or simply leave them with a feeling previous to before.
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