Rather than a product of fantasy, my work operates as a documentation of what I consider to be a deeper, more fluid reality beneath the veneer of everyday life.
The form and content of each image derives from memory, dream/nightmare space and occult phenomena, forming a phantasmal "mirror" onto reality as I have experienced it; albeit one that may be freely interpreted by the viewer. My studio practice becomes a process of letting go, of accepting the mysteries I encounter and allowing the paint to unveil the unexpected alongside what I intend to create.
Through painting, I compose a cosmography linking my own contemporary American experience with primordial energies that I believe have been passed down from my own ancestry. These are haunted images.
- John Di Lorenzo