Through painting, I examine a thinned veil between present-day life and the haunted world I sensed beneath the surface of reality as a child. I believe that this other world was something inherited from my ancestry; a primordial current of energies now making itself known through my work.
While my process is often informed by the colors, textures and figuration of classical murals, my material usage and conceptualization derives primarily from post-modernist and contemporary painting. The work engages in an array of concepts ranging from the modernist/post-modernist grid, to ancient mythological motifs, to pop cultural tropes I observed growing up in suburban America. While these images tell the story of my own journey through the subconscious, they also function as a mirror for the outside viewer, allowing for individual reflection and interpretation.
- John Di Lorenzo