The Heart of a Habit (version 5)


This digital illustration here is derived from two different drawings I executed on paper a couple of years ago. That was when I was fresh out of school having graduated with a degree in Health Information Technology. It was also after I had just attained my credential as a Registered Health Information Technician. I felt so proud of myself for accomplishing what I felt were these highlights of my life.

I titled this piece The Heart of a Habit. The two drawings I used in layering it together were Topology of Hearts, Hands, and Minds, and Happy Zephyrs. I created this digital amalgamation back in February, 2016. For some reason, I stopped making these mathematically approximated tessellations. You may see some influence of M.C. Escher’s work here. I started becoming more interested in liquid ambiences from applying water to water-based pen work, and rubbing alcohol to professional marker applications.

I’ve been trying to resolve a conflict for a long time with my art, and it keeps on morphing into my fascination with styles of art that are polarized. So, for example, Escher’s work is mathematically refined, and perspicuous, but Kandinsky’s work is the opposite, and, in some cases, is quite amorphic. I truly enjoy both styles of art: Optical illusion art, and abstract art. I’d like to make a bridge between Optical-type art, and purely Abstract art, which, to me, would be the ultimate optical-psychological form of art… at least at this point in time.

A habit is often unquestioned, and, like a heart, is hidden. One can only hear the beat of a heart if one listens closely. I make this comparison of a heart to a habit because, if one observes with curiosity, and without criticism, one often finds that a habit is used to fend off some unwanted circumstance or feeling. The word habit rhymes with the word rabbit, and rabbits run from danger. A rabbit’s heart races rapidly as it flees quickly from danger, such as a predator.

My art can be seen as a habit with which I use to escape the harsh realities of the world. I don’t think it needs to be pathologized however. I think it’s a constructive outlet for all the frustrations I’ve encountered in the medical and business fields. I’ve been making art since I was a baby, so it’s pointless to try to dismiss it as a neurosis. I am glad my art seems to defy George Orwell’s postulation that “all art is propaganda.” My art has become so abstract at this point that I feel it successfully escapes the orbit of politics. I just haven’t imagined a truly satirical, powerful, salient political art idea to illustrate for a few years now.



Title: The Heart of a Habit (version 2)

Source mediums: Water-based ink, on paper, manipulated digitally with filters

Print medium: Hewlett Packard printer ink from Hewlett Packard DesignJet Z2100 printer on Hewlett Packard print paper (Note: print can be made with archival paper and printer if requested)

Digital manipulation completed: 1/22/2016

Dimensions of print: 30 inches by 30 inches

Number of limited edition prints: 25

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January 23, 2018 · 9:01 am

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