ABOUT THE ARTISTS
When asking an artist what their art means to them, the answer you will most often receive is 'self expression': to mold and restrain oneself onto their canvas and attempt to imitate something infinite and ever-changing with finite mediums. Robert, however, will answer the question with a simple and earnest response, "It's my practice". Although martial arts comprises much of Bob's spiritual nurturing, the remaining is done with his art. Whether it is through a fluid motion in working with the metal, or through the concentration of pulling details in the paint, the act of art is a method of conditioning himself. This gives the art / artist relationship a very different agenda that is visible in the subtleties of each piece. It is art for the artist's sake, to then be taken through the viewer's eyes, to nurture themselves in their own way.
Using words to articulate personality, passion, and soul can be a daunting and colorless journey for some. Pure vocalization cannot project a richness and vibrancy for each and every aspect of one's life, especially when some may only see and speak in color. In Carol's eyes, the most effective method of projecting her world is a hued discourse. Although her verbal silence can be mistaken for reticence, her vivid and saturated communication through color proves her to be anything but. The simple mix and dab of a particular blue can express a whole sentence, and the wide array of vivid colors on a finished piece allows the viewer to lose themselves in a world swimming with pigmented conversation.
Marriage of Elements
Visual representations of merging ideas and mutual understanding is not something art is usually able to provide. Typically art consists of either a sole perspective on a musing, or an egocentric expression of self as it is created by only one person. However, when a single piece is created by a fusion of two people, the art can don an appealing duality of mediums, style, color, and voice. The hard, rippling coolness of patterned metal pairs with the warmth, ease, and softness of a paint stroke to create a depth not often attained by art of a single style. Bob and Carol's forms speak to and nurture one another, each compounding upon the other, and drawing the viewer in to experience the push and pull of uniting concepts.