Wednesday, February 20, 2013

artist statement

Artist Statement by Doug Baulos

Although I work with the feelings of loss, mortality, and the power and delicate nature of memory, my work is a reflection of my attempt to live my life in fragile exultation. The process of piecing together an image is a meditative exercise for me. I begin with fragmented images, ideas and materials, and layer seemingly dissimilar elements that trigger associations in complex combinations.  The contrast between fragmenting an idea and layering ideas is interesting to me.  Most of my recent work reflects a multitude of interests including grief and mortality, nesting and mending, meditation, vision, medical illustration and procedure, and spirituality. My work is composed of myriad layers of media, ideas and associations. The process of piecing together an image is a meditative exercise for me having as much to do with duration as physical texture or of following the thread of mindfulness. I merge the abstraction of narrative with the physicality of objects. I see it as a function of time, like the idea of chanting. I want to personify intangible experiences and feelings and make them tangible for my audience.  The figurative nature of some of my works stresses the idea of transformation and recovery over victimization. There is an intimacy with the subject becoming object, with the reverence for the passed life and the confrontation of the doggedly present body. I’m interested in forms and images that accompany the body and in the traces the body leaves: a bed, a nest, a webs, decay and shadows.   While drawing and layering found materials, seemingly dissimilar elements begin to trigger associations with other images and ideas. It's my hope that the viewer connects these images by drawing on their own interests and associations. Retired objects and found papers are redeployed as agent of memory that can evoke and reflect on the history of private lives – worn and battered, certain found object evoke sympathy and empathy.  Like a dog without a tail we notice an object or book’s history and pluck as survivor.  This idea of fragmentation as well as things left marked or scarred is reinforced through patina of found materials, diversity of subjective textures and disjointed formal structures. The aim of my work has always been to arouse in my audience (as well as myself) an experience of empathy with my subject matter more than sympathy. I try to be very aware of how events are traced and mapped both physically and emotionally - both violent and non-violent (passive). Recently I’m exploring the idea of simultaneously linking the outside surface with inner experience, seeking to create books and sculptures that present themselves as humble objects that open into vast, imaginative space for the reader. By using discarded dictionaries (nests of birds) and transforming them into book sculptures I hope to explode the text into an embodied narrative, a sculpture of our inner life.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

walnut gallery final shots

here are a couple of more shots from right before the opening - hundreds of people came and it was great fun - Mario, Sarah, Doug and everyone else were super nice and are doing an amazing service to the arts community at large of greater Alabama. Really nice venue.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ideas? for new thread drawing

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Research at the Reynolds Library

I've been doing a lot of research for two big book arts projects - they are both large content books - with lots of hand drawn illustrations in the style of early naturalist and anatomical books (16th-18th century).  The most recent book has lots of silverpoint, watercolor and graphite drawing with thread drawing etc.  I'll post pictures soon.  I've been lucky enough to do research at some great research collections - including the Morgan Pierpoint in New York and our own Reynolds Historical Collections at UAB which has an amazing collection of anatomical and other books - Peggy Balch at UAB has really helped me out by finding all sorts of info on spiders, webs, early anatomy, suture styles, and bandage constructions etc.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

cross plan for one of the 

Museum of Printing History - Houston, Texas

pieces - - "Ochre Yellow-Rx saved from the Wreckage
10 " apart horizontal 20" apart vertical
total size 75"h x 65"