Jim Kelso – Artist’s Statement
Amidst the chaos and rush of modern culture, life is full of beauty and mystery if only we can find a time, place and method to still our minds. For me, those moments are often found while wandering or sitting in some secluded forest site.
Near my home in northern Vermont I‘ve found several spots that are personally rejuvenating. These places are physically beautiful with cascading water, trees and rock formations, however I also find there some element that is impossible to describe. It is a felt, numinous presence that is as palpable as any physical object. It is in such places that my mind can relax and be attuned to Nature in minutia, and in turn to the creative Power beyond changing outer forms.
“To see the world in a Grain of Sand
and Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour” William Blake - Auguries of Innocence
It is the ineffable feeling of these moments which I wish to convey through my work, regardless of medium, techniques, scale or style. Increasingly I see my imagination as my greatest ally in creating works that reflect this feeling. If I am successful my work will spark a sense of connection with the natural world in those who view it.
Many times it is the most simple relationship or juxtaposition of design elements that is the most beautiful or evocative. This is something I have learned from Japanese art. Also, like the Japanese, I find much meaning in the totality of nature including its ephemerality, simplicity, textures and patterns of decay, and homely objects.
I enjoy making objects that are easily held and handled. I think this intimate scale and the three dimensional quality help both myself and the viewer to focus our attention and to some degree enter a different world.