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               AIMEA SAUL

Artist's Statement

I was a restaurant owner delving into the culinary arts before discovering photography and computers a few years ago. Drawing has always been a hobby of mine.

Having no former education in art, I experimented freely combining my love for all three mediums. I did not set out to be an artist. Being an abstract,
non-linear thinker coupled with having the desire to achieve a higher state of spiritual and self-awareness has paved the way towards developing my art. As others began to notice my work, I realized I had created an avenue through which I could communicate on a deeper level.

The ideas to create the imagery come to me in pieces. Most times, I do not have a preconceived idea of what I want to create. When the mood strikes, I sit down in front of the computer to look at numerous thumbnails of my stock
photography, elements, etc. and allow my mind to pick out images to be put together with other images that catch my eye.

The necessary color and filters are then applied. I end up with an image that comes from the depths of my subconscious. Often, the finished image will reveal to me something that I did not realize I was thinking or feeling. It is a wonderful, insightful process to create snapshots of the soul.

As you can see, my art reflects the perception of myself (yes, I am a Gemini) and those around me. In most images, I find it natural to incorporate elements in sets of two expressing the dueling natures within the Gemini. Dark and light are almost always mirrored. The nude body is used to represent the unclothed, unmasked self. It symbolizes the vulnerability each of us suffer at that point where we must examine in honesty who we are in order to reconcile with oneself, with others and with God. "Even the bravest of us rarely has the courage for what he really knows." ~ Nietchze.

Some of my influences are James Abbe, Maxfield Parrish, Icart, Mapplethorpe, Klimt, H.R. Giger, and Salvador Dali. I have tried to focus on more classical effects in a modern digital medium. Layers of meaning and symbolism as well as visual layers are present. The colors used are very specific in their symbolism which is repeated throughout my work. I feel I have embraced
unconventionality and it has been very well received by others.

E-mail: imagerybyaimea@yahoo.com
Internet: Imagery by Aimea

Copyright © 2004 Aimea Saul. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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