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Stevenesheim

Stevenesheim

                                    STEVEN NESHEIM                          


Acts of visual thinking. We can call this art.


There is an implicit agreement that lies within each person who views art. The process has a ceremonial nature to it. As an artist, I don't know the viewer's expectations, but they're willing to explore mine. And, embedded in the process, are known and unknown agreements. 


If I hope to communicate with others, I have to search my own personal agreements and explore whether added agreements are compatible with my intentions. Surrounding each encounter with art is the question of whether it is believable; visually, conceptually, or both. In my creative process I search for ways to persuade viewers to enter a path of my intentions. If I am successful the truth of what I want to say will be evident and persuasion is unnecessary. If not, it could just be seen as another beautiful lie.


"The act of pursuit in visual thinking begins the moment ideas merge with feelings."


The act of pursuit in visual thinking begins the moment ideas merge with feelings. When I find they are both committed to the event, I say to myself, "Portray the idea as it emerged. Remember how it happened. Respect the time and place. Get it right. Carry the energy behind the image. Don't settle." Thoughts like these crowd my thinking as I work. And always I ask, "Is it believable?"


Ultimately my desire to see intentions made visual is what drives my work. And often the intended purpose of my work is carried through the phenomenology and into theology. My internal dialog turns to theology. We all have dialogs with ourselves, either consciously or subconsciously. And we navigate the dialogs in a kind of ritual, as we sort out agreements, detour our thinking, influence our beliefs, compromise our beliefs, or sometimes change our beliefs to fit our intentions. Intentionally holding onto the central truth of all creation brings me to it's source: the Triune God. One source, one image, one agreement.


Can art call us out to do all that?