I met Claudia in New York when she walked into my studio one afternoon and I asked her if she was an artist. She looked at me a bit quizzically, and this began a very interesting and intense exchange between us, during which I discovered that we shared much in common and had been asking many of the same questions throughout our lives.
I am first and foremost an artist, but I also worked on a Ph.D. in philosophy many years ago, and the love I have for philosophy has never left me. I am very interested in the nature of “truth”, the nature of the universe, metaphysics, aesthetics, epistemology and theoretical physics, to name a few areas of study. I have a great love for the Pre-Socratics and Plato, as well as for Buddhist and ancient Chinese philosophy, and in my heart of hearts I think that Kant’s distinction between phenomena and nouemena is not at all bad. I also have great respect for Nietzsche and Kierkegaard and the existentialists. In short, I love systems of thought and view them as art. I also view my art as visual philosophy.
I believe that all great ideas, or innovations in physics, at least, are intuitive leaps of some sort that come from visions or flashes of inspiration or even meaningful accidents. This is how I do my art. I very rarely know what I am going to get when I start a painting these days; I feel that I am co-creating with the universe, in that I am setting in motion physical processes that then settle into their own formations according to their own laws after they dry some 24 hours later. Finding an image is very different from deliberately setting out to create an image, and in this sense, my work is complete exploration. The results are surprising and exciting, or, they do not work at all. I find now that I prefer images that are ambiguous, that can be read as having no meaning or many meanings. Maybe this is not so different from physics. We looked for smaller and smaller particles, and then there were waves, and strings. Paradigms are involved, and I think that in a certain sense they are all true, just as images in art are true, or at least real. What need to be examined are our notions of truth and our human limitations in Knowing Truth. I have my own investigation, but my practice is art.
Amy C. Storey