This is the painting, Tears in the Rain, interpreting Roy Batty’s soliloquy at the end of the film “Bladerunner“.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion… I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain… Time to die.”
This C-Beams speech is a monologue described by some as the most moving death soliloquy in cinematic history.
Perhaps our lives are lived to be remembered as tears in the rain. Yet, like Batty, we all want to make our mark on existence, and see the world through our own eyes. To be, and to be seen to be.
My art depicts the navigation of the human experience through our life’s journey. In so doing I try to give visual force to our existence. Aristotle said of our senses:
All men [sic] by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer seeing … to everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things. Aristotle Book 1 of his Metaphysics.
We are not isolated from each other, but part of a whole. This defines us uniquely as able to contemplate ourselves and not merely react to the external world.
I explore our senses in ways designed to elicit our own emotional and intellectual responses.