Statement 2021

My ongoing series, Souls Walking, searches for a nexus between nature and the human condition, inspiring ambiguous space both mysterious and unnerving. What is meant to be seen is not an obvious declaration of the tenets of abstraction but rather a fusion of vastly different emotions through empathy and imagination.

My work explores the deconstructs of perception through a use of varied media, materials, and processes; rollers, brushes, rags applying handmade oil paints, pigmented shellac, and enamel on paper, wood panels, and canvas. The motivation to layer paint surfaces with an intuitive feeling of inner truth.

“In considering alchemy as it might be applied to making abstract imagery, think of it as the practice of reconciling dualities or opposites: temporality and timelessness; permanence and ephemerality; the apparent and the implied; the literal and the metaphorical. Brody’s paintings are on one level really about the paint and, paradoxically enough, the paint transcending its paint-ness in the same way poetry employs words.” 

Tom Wachunas