Jim Parks - Artist Statement
There is a force -- a creative urge -- that overtakes some artists when they work. I am one of them. I've heard other artists refer to themselves as a "vessel" or being a "conduit" and I understand completely. When I begin to work, I feel an extreme focus coming on. "Trance" might be a more descriptive word. I've heard it described as a "state of flow.” To me, all concerns fall away, and there is nothing in all the world except the object that is taking shape in my hands. When this creative urge is all revved up, it says to me, "Sit down, shut up, and hand over the paintbrush!" It’s a bit like wading into the ocean and a wave comes at you that is so big and powerful that it lifts you off your feet. In those moments, whether I am painting or cutting wood or bending wire, I must let go and let the work come through me. When a day's work comes to an end, it’s a bit like stepping out of a coma. The new artwork, the tangible result, is always a surprise.






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