Artist Statement

photograph by    ©    James Horton

photograph by © James Horton

My work blurs the line between realism and abstraction. I begin the process by taking photographs of a variety of subjects including wires and circuit boards that I distort in a variety of ways.  Shapes are liquified by physically manipulating the ink on the photographic prints. The fractured or crystallized forms that emerge make the original objects disintegrate. An organic and abstract quality is created amid the mechanics of metal and wire. This imagery invites ambiguity, with forms suggestive of technology, the body and landscapes. The intrusion of technology in the natural world begins to suggest a theme of man and machine. The completed works are real and dreamlike, manmade and organic, intellectual and emotional. As the objects in my paintings break apart or melt away, they become as short lived as the latest electronics on the market. I continue to explore this curious relationship between the timeless and transient.