C O N N I E G O L D M A N
“Genea” comes from the Greek and means “to become, to emerge, to transition from one point to another”. It is not an exact equivalent to the static "to be". It implies change, movement, and growth. This very state is something that has gripped me for years. It is where we, our relationships, our bodies, our earth, all matter, indeed, everything in the universe are at any given moment. Everything inside and around us continually hovers in a tenuous equilibrium.
When pondering a new body of art I always start from my last body of work. I think about questions that arose with the execution and completion of my last pieces. With the notion of equilibrium still fresh and vital after my “Shift” series I began to consider using line in my work again. While the use of the fundamental formalities of color, surface, and simple shapes, both two and three dimensional, remained paramount, I chose to expand my visual vocabulary to include line. Line is a fundamental element in art, so fundamental in fact, that when learning to make art we generally begin with the concept of line. The word “line” also has associations with ancestry, generations, and genealogy. This lead me to the beautiful word, “Genea”, a word that shares a base with gene, genetics, genealogy, and genesis – “birth or coming into being; origin”.
I contemplate linear and non-linear time. Notions of time have expanded almost beyond comprehension. Through thought and through memory I gain access to experiences that occurred decades ago and to years hence. A simple line can stretch across dimensions to present or suggest multiple realities. Simultaneity and re-ordering offer new perspectives and possibilities.
“…I was born before my father, and my father before me. We are born and born again, like the waves of the sea…" --Paul Simon
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