My work focusses on, refers to and, if it is successful, embodies ‘moments of meeting’.
These moments, vital in their uniqueness, and creative in their potential, reflect a state of mind we all know. These are moments when we encounter something for the very first time.
As a painter this moment is certainly when the paint meets the working surface. As a spectator it is when I confront the object. And, one could say, as a human being it is when ‘I’ meet ‘you’.
In these moments I perceive my position; perhaps my expectations, and limitations too. I also perceive an orientation, implied and offered by these moments in my relation to the other. These moments also promise growth.
Often, quite incidentally, these moments stop us in our tracks. They jar with our sense of time and space, resonating somehow with a significance that goes beyond the reality of the event itself. They seem to expand beyond the actual time and the space of their occurrence, and point to a presence, which is, in its freshness, exceptionally authentic.
Often we are then left grasping at what happened, wishing to unravel its meaning – which seems to contain (and perhaps want to reveal) clarity as to the whys and wherefores of our existence. We are left with the impression it made on us, markings confirming at best the certainty of our being. This is certainly true of some dreams.
But here though, talking about my painting, I explore these singular moments, expanding them, fathoming their breadth and their depth, and offering them as measurements, at the same time as a reminder, of taking part in something vital.
- Born: 14.05.1961, Ilford, Essex, England
- 1979-80 Camberwell School of Arts, Foundation
- 1981-84 Sheffield City Polytechnik, BA(Hons) Fine Art
- 1985-87 Slade School of Arts, University College London, HND Fine Art
- 1996-99 School for F.M. Alexander-Technik Berlin, Teacher of the F.M. Alexander-Technik
- 1987 foreign exchange scholarship by University College London, to Munich
- 2007 Foundation of ArTwork Berlin – Studio for Alexander-Technik and individual creative development
- Academic at TU Berlin, Thüringische Sommer Akademie, VHS Berlin
A selection of artworks by Jonathan Sheratte can be found here >>