Shaun Gamache Artist Statement
The why of why I am here is so that humanity can continue to exist on this planet. I have also come to know myself as an artist. I am an automatiste in that I do automatic drawings and paintings. I have done abstract and figurative works. Lately it has been a series of portraits, however they come from my subconscious. I am also working on portraits for others as part of my practice.
In my faces they are reflections of who I am in my masculine and feminine identities. If I can say, “I Am the Universe”, then everything in it has something to do with me. I am a creator or co-creator with everything else in it. There is also thee world, then there is my world. My world consists of everything I am aware of in my circle of influence. All other objective things can be part of thee world, but don’t have anything to do with me on a subjective level because I am not the one experiencing it. Therefore everything that happens to me is subjective as it comes through my filters and is interpreted by me. As everything I experience does this how could anything be anything other than subjective that I am experiencing.
My paintings come from other places yet are still channeled through me to become physical on a piece of paper or in a painting. I am bringing fifth dimension, the dream time, into third dimension, the artwork. This is the work of the automatiste. To do without doing. To step into no mind. Simply be. This is why my faces become a reflection of myself as I am interpreting my dream on a piece of paper or canvas.
In my abstract work I see images in the work. It starts as an abstract expressionist piece, then as I view the painting, it becomes for me an objective image. Usually I can see multiple images in one canvas, even as I turn the paintings. Some only see color field, and that is fine. Once the piece has left me and is given to the public it is up to them to find their own subjective reality with my work.
Born and raised in Calgary. I went to art college at The Alberta College Of Art And Design in the late 90's. I had a psychotic break in 2004 and have been trying to make sense of my world ever since. I have learned that to change the world I change myself. In my art I paint automatic paintings that are self portraits, exploring my journey. Exploring the paradoxes of the Real.
Much of my work looks Abstract Expressionist or Action painting with the larger scale works. I work fast. However when they are done I am always looking for the image. In fact there are always multiple images. More than one painting in one. At one time I would rotate the painting and another fully complete objective painting would emerge. Some can see these, others can not. If you can see a teddy bear in the clouds you can see images in my art.
I see threw eyes much of the world does not. My work explores myself, and I share that with the world. It might be egotistical, or it is an exploration of the macrocosm by looking at the microcosm. I must paint and create. It shows me where I am going.
I apprenticed to the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path www.dtmms.org in 1999 and the Rosicrucian Order www.rosicrucian.org in 2001. I am now in process of downloading my own wheels and have created an oracle. My art continues to delve into mysticism, shamanism and the metaphysical.
Automatic Drawings Pastel