Artist Statement

Art refers to a sequence of events that starts and ends visually, in some tangible form, and passes through language between. The initial impulse is often a response to some restriction: an outwardly imposed bounding region in the form of illness, poverty, or isolation are common sources. Experiences of this type draw forth an inwardness and attentiveness to physical states, the consequence of which is the backgrounding of verbal language in favor of a more physical, instinctive method. The expression of this is what is called talent, intuition, or some sense of internal vision. In some physical form, a person tries to capture and characterize his or her individual situation, mimicking signals from the environment.

As work matures, the characteristics of language are imposed: pattern finding and generalization take place. On output, statements of results which take a physical form, acting on perception and speaking to experience, are referred to as art.

In this sequence of events, statements may find expression in other forms, language-oriented or otherwise, and output may be produced at different stages, resulting in different types of work. Underlying these shifts is the personality in question. The same strengths and limitations emerge, independent of the characteristics of the individual settings. This invariant structure is what is being explored. In whichever form it happens to take, in whichever activity time is spent, the underlying thoughts make themselves known, and this is presented as the body of work of the artist.

-David Sarma, 2013