November 22, 2017 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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October 19, 2017

DIVERGENT/WORKS - Paul Pascarella

Artist Statement:

"There are many aspects and practices in my life that are also responsible for my paintings than just years of experience in the studio. It seems that my visceral experiences are recorded into a memory bank in some form that can be drawn upon when getting myself clear enough in the moment of artistic expression.

My practice of Qigong and Internal meditation practice are an example. The movement from Qigong and Taiji ad to my movement of painting with my whole body. Skiing and hiking in the rugged mountains around Taos is constantly showing up in my visual art. Riding motorcycles on and off road, riding across the desert floor or the feeling of leaning into curves on my Multistrada, those visceral experiences manifest into the painting in many ways.

The Dancers, 2016, Mixed media on wood panels

When I say "About Me" these are aspects that are often overlooked but parts of me that are very important not only to my art but as a Human Being in this brief life. It is all, like everything very connected.

As for my painting, I wrote this several years ago and it still has value. “I paint almost as an act of automatic writing, walking the line between figurative and absolute abstraction by textually and lyrically using this language of ambiguity. Willingly or not, the ambiguousness of my paintings takes hold of the imagination like looking at clouds, and puts it to work. I think of the painting, then, dancing on the edge of chaos until viewed by the subjective imagination of the viewer.

Painting the large abstracts, like the New Moon Series is often like walking into a forest without a thought of return, no going back to safety. "

 The Dancers, details

 Also featured for DIVERGENT/WORKS: Ronald Davis, Sam Scott and Jami Lara Porter. We'll share some of their works in the upcoming weeks.