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Philip Taaffe: Statement for Confluence (exhibition
La Jolla: University of Caifornia at San Diego, 2001.
Essentially, everything in my work is about a process of description. My attitude towards
repetition has to do with the cumulative effect of continuous applications
of line and color. If we focus on that, and see them as crystallized
into patterns or marks, what
do they add up to? They become some kind of actively structured field.
I see that as being an entrance to a trance-like state. I'm interested
in inviting the possibility
for ecstatic experience, for getting outside of stasis. My roots are from
Ireland, and I suppose a subtext to my work must relate to these Celtic
shamanistic traditions. The work is also about movement, or how we see
in a constant series of glimpses. What do I want my art to accomplish?
What do I expect it to be like as a physical encounter? I think the best
thing one can hope for is to be able to enter into another world.