Mirle Freel Jr.
Derivation, Imagination, and Fantasy Art
As I continue
to work in the area of the subconscious, I separate less and less
the real from the unreal, the conscious from the unconscious. The
longer I live, the less I find a difference between the dream and
the conscious mind. It is all a fantasy, a mix of reality and non-reality.
The meaning of the conscious and the unconscious is best appreciated
when experienced visually for me. Whether I understand something or
nothing in terms of so-called reality is less important. I find it
difficult to discuss the specific meaning of my subconscious work.
The purpose of art for me has never been to explain, but to express.
I am happy to leave the interpretation of my work to the integrity
of the viewer. I do my best to appreciate different experiences. It
is with a sense of adventure that I introduce my vision, my way of
seeing through the subconscious, a spiritual experience for me. It
is through this outlet that I confront pain and joy, death and rebirth.
But to distinguish reality from illusion I cannot. I cannot stop long
enough on my journey to make sense of my transmogrification. I am
swept up-beyond my control in the whirlwind non-sense of all that
goes on around me and without me. Perhaps life is a dream that I may
awake from someday.
As a young man
I studied jazz guitar with resolve until my commitment was interrupted
by my need to embrace the visual arts. From my studio I began painting
non-objective images flush with bold colors that garnished the canvas
with improvised emotional energy. Line with continuity of movement
swirled with curvaceous and angular passion portraying musical messages.
The paintings began to voice musical abstractions as if each image
was an improvised piece of music. I now have found the perfect place
- a place I can renew my old acquaintance with the guitar and continue
to make music through paintings. This series of paintings is called
"Jazz Jamboree: A Musical Message Celebration."