Visitation by the Muse

An installation of deep encounter

Visitation By the Muse is an installation which sends the viewer on a journey through the artist's struggle with his artistic process and by means of that process, his discovery of his creative source.

In its debut exhibit at the Holter Museum of Art in 1996, the gallery was transformed into an artist's studio, with furniture, carpets, plants and the various detritus that indicates a lived-in workspace. The feeling that the viewer has stumbled into the studio in the midst of the artist's creative madness is suggested by such immediate personal details as a boom box playing adagio-like music and even half a cup of coffee on the table.

The major focus of the installation is nearly 100 drawings, many as large as 7 by 3 ft, not displayed as completed works but as indicators of the artist's sometimes frenzied attempt to pinpoint the scope and character of his creative muse. The drawings are attached to walls and special panels in an informal, even haphazard way, sometimes crowded on top of each other, and even torn and wrinkled into wads and scattered about the gallery. Entries from the artist's journal appear scrawled behind some of the drawings or reproduced very much enlarged on torn scraps of paper throughout the exhibit. The installation is divided into three sections, each announced by a suspended acrylic sign imprinted with a passage of scripture.

Timeless art for troubled times

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