Description Although I'm not the first one to work with upside-down trees (try Googling 'Natalie Jeremijenko' for some inspiration), my approach is somewhat different from that of her artists' collective, the Bureau of Inverse Technology... for me, her work raises a slightly different set of questions. Why do all maps have North at the top? What is really 'up' anyway? Is Betelgeuse up or down? Despite of my weekly Skype calls to Australia, I don't generally feel aware, or connected to the inverted-ness of space. When I survey the giant oak at Sir Allan MacNab Highschool, however, I find myself mesmerized by its pattern, its relentless spread, its grace, and its sheer sense of presence. Sometimes it's good to be under-whelmed like that: it forces you to reconsider your world, and the people in it: people whose perspectives mingle with yours to make the end result resemble something right-side-up... ish.
Harold Sikkema, Hamilton Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement Harold Sikkema creates images that fuse tactile media with digital expression. These pixel-paintings make accessible a visual-theological discourse, through the playful aesthetic that his Reformed faith encourages: an inventive meshing of our fallen world's textures towards cohesion and unity within the redemptive story. By digitally blending paintings and drawings with what he calls the "photographic brushstroke," he responds to such themes as language, time, growth, and resurrection. His organic fusion of the particular within the general facilitates spiritual reflection around a layered, visual poetry.
Sikkema lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and works as a freelance web developer, graphic designer and artist. Visit his work online at www.nsitu.ca.