Batya F. Kuncman
We Wanted To Be Safe and Nullify the Decree, 2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in.
Suddenly We Were Heading Into The Eye of the Storm, 2011, oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in.
Silence Is Deeper, Screaming is Higher, 2011, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Forgotten Vessels Detector, 2011, oil on canvas 24 x 18 in.
Exile, 2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 28 in.
Holiday, 2012, oil on canvas, 16 x 12 in.
Brief Eternity, 2012, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Edge of Paradise, 2012, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Each of my recent paintings is an elaborate imagined studio space featuring an installation of images as an investigation into corruption/beauty, destruction/renewal, and utopia/dystopia. My work is an experiment with an organic changing alchemical story about meaning and the ambiguous relationship between “illusion” and what we call “truth.” I try to transcend the present, to ‘see’ what the painting process suggests. Blending painting history, media, memory and phenomena a visual play is choreographed on the stage space created through shifting perspectives, color and light.
Drawing on information derived through the study of science, philosophy and transcendent texts these works explore the idea of the past, present and future existing simultaneously as infinity and reality as a continual flow of change. The images reflect a state of flux in our information age, the fragmentation of society, cultures, thoughts, and the way personal identity is connected to universality and is simultaneously fragmented by continual evolvement. I try to imagine a connection to spiritual phenomena that might explain what is happening and what would happen if our reality were suddenly to reveal this component.