I paint as if searching for something oddly familiar in the dark, often beginning with painterly chaos that eventually renders itself into a kind of order through imagery and context. Throughout this process I stumble upon images from childhood memory, dreams, nightmares, archetypes from mass culture and art history, mythologies, ancestral motifs, etc.
Rather than pure fantasy, I consider these works to be reflective of reality (my own reality) on those terms.In turn, each image also functions as a mirror for the outside viewer, allowing for individual self-reflection and interpretation. Little or nothing of what I create is didactic or absolute.
The one belief I commit to, as an artist, is that I conjure haunted images. A phantom of the past lives in each one.
All of my works are best experienced by you, the viewer, while you are alone.
- John Di Lorenzo