AS A SECOND-GENERATION ABSTRACT-EXPRESSIONIST,
I have, for the most part, returned to my 'native home' in the abstract and non-objective, in order to make again art statements that are BEYOND WORDS or REALISTIC IMAGES. Within these I want again to explore other worlds of feeling and awareness, and evoke other subtleties and sansitivities as I once did in NON-REPRESENTATIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE, and as I did in the 1960's multi-media performance arts.
Moving beyond the "protest and activist" art of my earlier years or the simple STATEMENT of problems, I now try to honor the experiences of my later years, where progress or even solutions might be found.
I know that art is one way in which people may speak across all barriers and in which the human spirit may be awakened to wholeness.
I find this idea full of hope, since each of us is Nature, though we may not always be in human form.
I BELIEVE that an artist serves art by profound exploration, search and questioning, rather than by imitation, fashion, appropriation or mere cleverness, servingonly the ego. In every media and style there is still much to be done, with no need for imitation.
There should be freedom, yet there must be something worth freeing.
In each of my major art fields, I have insisted upon building the craftsmanship needed for the works. Works of art are their own worlds; paint and other media must exist formally and expressively on their own terms, for the sake of the work alone, apart from any content.
The work may demand its own rules, yet must be strongly upheld by whatever crafts, disciplines or techniques are necessary to itself alone.
Art is the expression of passion; craft is the containment of it.
Jenny Hunter Groat