Copyright 2013 Gregory Zeorlin
My art develops through experimenting with materials and techniques. Being curious about my surroundings helps this happen. I've had my current studio for over 20 years but do not feel restricted by working in the same location. I know there will continue be things to learn in this place. I don't try to project what ideas I will work with over time. Even coming upon blooming weeds or seeing the stars during walks leads to making art. And the wonder from such moments is not diminished if I’m unable to identify the plant or name the constellation the stars form. Regardless of how I see the world, it remains a place of mystery, logic, chaos and order. These four points are in all forms of art.
Art presents a perspective...it reflects how I see, think and ask questions. I enjoy traveling and seek enriching experiences but what influences my artwork usually comes from daily living. There is much waiting to be noticed right in front of me.
I make mixed media sculptures and paintings with traditional art mediums along with less conventional materials. I’ve made art with metal, paper, wood, paint, soil, canvas, photographs, clay, poetry, egg shells, dryer lint, insects, hair, found objects and many other unexpected finds. The steps involved to make my art often includes writing poetry. My poems are similar to sketches I do to sort out ideas.
I could elaborate on what inspires me or you can read an abbreviated list because inspiration is subject to change. Here are a few...walking sticks, communication towers, illuminated manuscripts, dilapidated signage, Ikebana, baking bread, collecting music and people watching.