The body possesses its own inherent rhythm – that of the heart. It is the tic-toc that then meshes with all of those rhythms outside the body – the click-clacks of the street, the passage of the sun, the planets, the seasons, the course of a life itself – bringing a connectedness between the two; body and world, even if syncopated or poly-rhythmic. Then, bodies and systems and rhythms encounter other bodies and systems and rhythms.
What if a painting not only spoke within itself, but inwardly and outwardly from the surface, creating rhythms of movement, and undulating light?
In countless world traditions, those shaman living just outside the borders of the community are responsible for connecting the quotidian with the underlying spirit and would of the world. They expose others to more feeling. The painter is a type of shaman.
-Ric Dragon, 2018