20 in x 17 in
Watercolor on Layered Japanese Paper
Samuel Staffan is a Brooklyn based artist exploring our relationship to the natural world, the passing of time and the fragility of memory. Using a range of techniques from a self-developed method of layering and tearing rice paper as a way of “adding some time” onto the paintings to working on Japanese papers while they are completely saturated with water, materiality and texture play a huge role in the work. Using these layered and weathered surfaces the paintings become a pursuit to examine the most extreme fringes of human’s relationship to time, trying to find the eternal, the transient and the infinite in nature. The hazy, half-remembered depictions of the natural world evoke a melancholic spirit but still manage to remain optimistic and hopeful.
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