SHELDON KREVIT - ARTIST STATEMENT
is with some reluctance that I write this statement. Thats because,
for me, as a visual artist, I believe that the work speaks for itself.
Isnt that the way its supposed to be? Art is a language, the
universal language. So why do so many art goers require written
statements to explain what the art is supposed to express?
To quote J.Krishnamurti: The word is not the thing, and we must
be absolutely clear from the beginning that the explanation is not the
and drawing is essential to who I am, how I have lived, and (most likely)
how I will continue to live this life. The written and spoken word is
more of a second language for me.
The images on this site or any site cannot replicate the experience of being in the presence of the work. They never will. (I dont use computer screens as my medium, and a painting thats sixteen feet wide does not equate to an image of a few inches in width. Trying to photographically represent the sand paintings is an act of futility. Their nature cannot be experienced through this medium.) They are offered as a glimpse to the unacquainted, an invitation to view the real thing.
People who view my work often remark that I must have extraordinary patience. Its true that much of my work is packed with information and takes considerable time to create. Im interested in essence, in that which is timeless, in the organic continuum that is the cosmos. The act of creating, for me, is a kind of meditation involving my attention to the present, to the act of painting or drawing. I never know how long a particular work may take to create, because I dont know where the activity of creating it will lead me. Time (and therefore patience) is not a factor. I take each piece as far as I can, until its resolved. The work, and my conscience, tell me when to stop.
Santa Fe, NM February 3, 2009; August 5, 2009.