Zammitt, Eric

Zammitt, Eric

Presented by David Richard Gallery

My work alludes to the dynamics of duality; the interplay of matter and energy, the spiritual and physical, emotion and intellect. It is simultaneously about the glory and drama of creation, and the intellectual fascination with its parts and how they relate to create a whole. One of the ways I find of expressing this interplay is by compounding complexes of patterned color into synergistic wholes. Color and pattern are so primal to our history and survival that I think they touch the parts of us that are archetypal, rooted in nature, and infinitely curious. I employ abstraction and minimalism as ways to bypass the literal and go directly to metaphor, emotion, and the ineffable. At the same time, like classical music which integrates intellect and emotion, the works are based in structure, rhythm, and a form of logic. The works are often associated with music, energy fields, quantum and string theory, weaving, land and seascape, genetics, etc. However, I don’t want to limit the viewers imagination. I refer to the works as paintings, but they are made of tens of thousands of solid bits of colored acrylic plastic glued together, sanded and polished. They are laminated into cohesive panels through an intensive process of layering slicing, and reassembly. This process is followed by wetsanding and polishing. To me the material is simply paint, but in solid form, and my “brushes” are the bandsaw, table saw, and glue.

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