John Westmark

Schematica explores the metaphysical relationship between seemingly disparate ideas and materials.

Industrial papers sewing materials applied directly to the canvas represent metaphysical images and mythological narratives and provide the foundation for new interpretations outside their usual functional context. Mythic and symbolic narrative is built upon the multi layered references to human nature. A garment is realized only through the assembly of individual parts from sewing patterns; likewise. Like wise myth and history are a kind of panoramic fabric intricately woven with layers of different thread of human lives.

These paintings liberate the patterns to become something else. Are they depicted forms coming together or falling apart? Are they rising or descending? Are they machines or figures, or articles of clothing? Are they male or female- strong or fragile? Are they warnings or celebration?

Education: MFA University of Florida , BFA Kansas City Art Institute

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