John Slavin

Portfolio: VI. Cascades

The Sacred River Ran

By the  moving river with a moving hand I seek to make a static image.  If I can contain the flow of the river with the dance of a brush I have learned something about time.  In making the paintings I find myself between the time of the river and the time of the painting, experiencing endless time while alive in passing time.  In discernment of river activity there is immediate correspondence with technique in drawing and painting.  We are involved in an exchange of vital and poetic intelligence. By patient process of practice and attention the river display becomes cognisable and our being is made legible.