Passage (metamorphic drawings)

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Robert Clyde Caldwell (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: My drawings are an attempt at dealing with universal themes in a highly personal way. There is grotesque imagery, garish colors, irreverence, and melodrama involved which make the work highly complex, and perhaps pretentious in certain respects. Despite the serious nature of the subject matter, the work is approached as a fantasy carnival in which I am able to evolve form, lose myself in detail, and create a totally illogical reality of my own. There is also an underlying theme of metamorphosis which pervades the work. The forms, organic for the most part, are in a constant state of activity—breaking apart, coming together, moving, twisting, all in a chaotic manner. Inner pulsations of light, when combined with the varying degrees of movement, form an illusion of the possession of life. The vibration, intense colors and contrasts, and tonal gradations are meant to heighten this effect. More specifically, I am dealing with the flow of birth, life, death, and rebirth and the constant transformation of form which takes place therein. The aging process is perceived as a disintegration of the physical as it is caught up in the flow of time.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1973

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