Jan Kossen

Contemporary Art Gallery

Sabre Esler

2017
2016

CV/BIO

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Canon II
2017

Artists Statement

My work explores the imperfect machine of the mind and their pathways and connections. Taking neurology, psychology and biology, I create hierarchies of pattern. I am interested in seeing the unseen; exploring personal truths based on perceptions. Thoughts are interpreted as complex mathematical hierarchies, that weave endlessly. The process begins with fabricating a sculpture that showcases an aspect of thought patterns shaped by an event. From a sculpture, I create paintings and prints, which could be interpreted as residual after affects of a real event, much like a memory. This practice allows me to continue to change, adapt and explore the patterns and create hierarchies through layering techniques. I explore combining painting and printmaking or painting and sculpture to create hybrid pieces. By combining materials and practices, I am experimenting, much like a scientist does when exploring hypotheses. A recent body of work uses mapping of the receptor networks for neuron function in the brain during PTSD episodes. My current body of work examines problem solving strategies and innovation. The question in this case is, how does an idea take shape? Many of my pieces incorporate cloud and fog imagery where the pattern is elusive. The layers develop and crystallize as the structure of ideas form. The result is to seek a greater understanding of the complexities of the human condition, which is both universal, and yet unique and personal to the individual.