Through my work I attempt to examine multiple elements in a single work as a metaphorical interpretation of the thought process.
When these elements are combined it may be in away that is not readily apparent to the viewer. So what begins as a collection of data, is then translated into an image that hopefully resonates with the viewer on a level that doesn‘t require explanation.
My work often finds itself in the service of my community. It has become increasingly important for me to be able to tell the visual story, and share the values of our communities culture in a way that will remain timeless and undated.
I have learned the value in creating work that maintains its relevance. Sharing the experience of creating murals though workshops and residencies has become an integral element to my development as an artist.
Many artist have employed apprentices throughout history, but for me the relationship of sharing in the creative experience with others has a deeper result. I find frequently that the most untrained eye catches many things that the immersed eye misses.
Art is an amazing means of communication. It can be a tool to heal. It is a crucial element in the development of basic human understanding. It gives all people a way to connect to their most rudimentary senses.
These truths about art, are the ideals I hope to embody in my work. I try to harness these elements to make work that rings true to me and is enriching to the viewer.
Ian Wilkinson Muralist