Artist’s Statement

For the last four years, I’ve been working on a series called “Resurfaced. These high resolution pieces are created from surfaces and scenes that I’ve documented during travels to Asia, America, Africa, and Europe.

Each scene or wall surface composition typically has four dimensions; length, height, depth – and time. By virtue of the location where each was discovered, these walls are essentially ephemeral. Over time, the portion of the wall that grabbed my attention will inevitably change.

I am particularly intrigued by wall surfaces covered with partial postings, wanted/missing ads, public declarations, social and political manifestos and so on. Some have layers upon layers of paint, cracks, repairs and rust that just cry out to be chronicled.

Not always, but often, I use multiple surfaces – sandwiching them to reveal and/or hide elements – and thereby create entirely new compositions, new surfaces, new walls, new, but only partially told stories. These are, Resurfaced.

Regardless of medium, whether I’m painting, filming, photographing or writing, I tend to put a great deal of trust in serendipity. While there’s always some level of structure in every project I undertake, the real magic emerges only when I manage to keep the process fluid and wholeheartedly embrace unpredictability.

Joakim Lloyd Raboff