Mark Keffer
As a response to the world around me, I create paintings from what I think of as symbols for the unknowable. In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, I try to set up arenas for introspection, with the hopes of facilitating a look inward. I’m interested in the metaphoric implications of various spatial manipulations, particularly as they relate to issues of the self, and I explore these manipulations with an emphasis on ambiguity. There is often an implication in the work of a nebulous depth moving outward, but this arrangement can be seen metaphorically as a nebulous depth moving inward. I’m fascinated by where this leads. What is at the deepest center of who we are? What is the self?
It would be absurd to expect the viewer to respond to the work in these specific terms (the work is intentionally open-ended), but I embrace the absurd. It is a reasonable response to the current state of the world.
There are also references to circuitry, which are used primarily to symbolize information to which we have no access. In this regard, I like the connections to the cognitive processes of perception and memory, and to the unknown ways in which technology is used to direct and monitor us. I hope to connect this to an evocative emotional state that suggests remnants of a future digital past.