Description This digital painting was structured to be a surrealistic form of expression. You might interpret this in many ways. From a financial point of view building a safeguard of investments that could protect you from drowning in debt when hard times occur. Another interpretation could be some psychological form of protecting yourself from anguish and pain.From a religious point of view something similar to Noah's Ark. Maybe the end times as in Revelation. The symbolic interpretation of the tombstone with RIP and death involves something metaphysical or symbolic. Artists die when they lose their will to survive such as the anguish and pain that Van Gogh must have suffered before committing suicide. In that case the death actually occurred in those moments of hopelessness before the actual physical death of his body.Death could be a sociological concept meaning outside the rat race and losing the chase for a better life of upward mobility through the system and all of its manipulated and fixed structure of control. You might find a way to isolate and protect yourself and keep sanity that way.Again, the RIP could symbolize a victimized and dead psychological and spiritual motivation as a result of a cruel world where you have learned from past mistakes how to safeguard against the same mistake occurring again.My intentions were to create some type of universal interpretation of expressionism in this image.The possibilities are as endless as your form of creative interpretation might perceive.My interpretation is an abstract view where the sand represents the raw materials that a computer processing chip is made from. Within that world of a computer you can keep your mind active with technology and stop the depressing thoughts of the world outside that everyone seems to be drowning in. Although your world may appear dead and zombie like to outsiders looking in, it is protecting yourself from depressing thoughts of the world around you.
Stephen Lo Piano, Rochester, New York Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement I have been interested in art since high school back in the late 1960's when I took up career training for commercial art. Continued learning traditional media artwork through a private school by mail correspondence for Advertising and Illustration Art. During the mid and late 1970's decided to abandoned my interest in finding a career in art since nothing was leading to anything that would create substantial income to make a living. Continued education in the military and after service pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. During this time my sights were still set on continuing art on available time and spent many hours working in volunteer activities while attending junior college along with an art gallery in the local community. Started free lancing again in the 1980's while employed full time in another occupation and sold a few things yet still nothing for a permanent career. In the year 2004 after ten years of no productivity in art I stumbled across graphic arts and started to learn this type of technology. Since then I have found a sincere interest in learning and pursuing through trial and error and practice on my own time. Here in this gallery you will see a sample of my results.