Description This piece commemorates today (21 Dec 2012), which happens to be the end of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans loved their gold and the Sun, which is representative of the colourings in the artwork.The Mayan prophecy is the most famous end-of-the-earth theory during my lifetime. Twilight seemed to be an appropriate way to honour the lights going out.As an interesting aside, the warping is also symbolic of the possibility put forward by Maurice Cotterell and Adrian Gilbert back in 1995 that the Sun might cause a polar flip here on Earth due to the Sun's rotation finally tripping over its own warped neutral sheet between its two magnetic zones. The Mayans were fanatical about sunspot cycles and maybe they understood this warp or not. Most likely, 2012 was as far as they got with their recording of sunspot cycles.
Phil Styler, New Zealand Member Since June 2012 Artist Statement I love abstraction and photo manipulation because they create a sense of intrigue and sometimes challenge our thinking.
The inspiration and opportunities come from the diverse and awe-inspiring beauty of the natural landscapes and features around me. The challenge is to ensure every work evolves from my own images and ideas. I have an immense preference for macros and landscapes. Macros provide an element of surprise and the landscapes are just another reason why it is "great to be walking this earth". I would describe my work as "... a wee bit lost, but a lot of fun".
The artworks I enjoy the most are the ones where each person sees something different each time they look at the artwork.
The majority of my abstracts have been morphed from my own photos. A minority are just outright abstractions from scratch. I do sometimes wonder why I'm abstracting some of my best photos, without ever showcasing the photo itself to anyone else.