Brendan Dean 2019 Artist’s Statement
My work though autobiographic, explores human themes we all can relate to.
Issues of control, freedom, Fear, courage and fragility visually appear in the work and through abstraction via form and colour are conveyed emotionally to the viewer.
This I feel bridges the gap where ultimately we all have similar concerns or hopes and therefore can relate through the same emotional lens. I do this by drawing in 2 and 3 dimensions with a variety of mediums.
I practice a creative process where I seek to step out of my own way and allow my subconscious freedom to voice whatever it will. I find this an interesting tug of war between the concerns of my conscious awareness and something or someone who expresses at a much deeper or higher level. Almost like I am allowing myself to be the instrument that is used to channel something which I perhaps often fail to understand with my limited awareness.
Due to my daily practice of meditation over the past year I find that my work has distilled to focus on what I would refer to as , 'Saying less and being more' or in other words perhaps.......more Human being & less Human Doing.