Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Scuba" 11" x 8.5", Gouache on Rives BFK

About the work, 'Scuba'.

I will never know what the scuba man is saying to the woman, who she is, or if the scuba man is actually Swiss. I took a photo at what appears to me, to be an unlikely event in a remote place. For me, the scuba man represents Meaning, revealing itself in an odd way, a half dressed scuba man carrying a briefcase almost leaning onto an unsuspecting woman. The chaos of the unarranged chairs, and the bystanders who never witness the moment from my perspective, all reflect my thought that truth is a momentary flash, and then it's gone. This encounter of the woman and the man is baffling, remains baffling, and no matter how much I think about it the space between them is uncomfortable and funny at the same time. Funny because the scuba man is not swimming, he is walking on land half naked with a briefcase, and the woman doesn't seem to mind so much or the people in the background eating or drinking. This event could be reduced to experiencing something out of context, and never taking the next step to investigate it; talking with the two people involved, showing them the photo, laughing about it and asking what just happened here? However, things like this happen all the time, and we never know or have the time to investigate. And even if we did, the conclusions never are as powerful or interesting as that initial impression.