Description Inspired by a dream I had, in which I was sitting on the ground with my eyes closed playing my Shakuhachi in my studio and meditating. When I opened my eyes I was no longer in my house but on the floor in the middle of a very busy Walmart. People were rushing around me, oblivious, or not really registering that I was sitting on the ground - so entranced were they in finding that very important and much needed item they had come for. I stood up with Shakuhachi in hand and started to wonder around the store, looking at all the junk. Turning down one of the hundred of aisles I came upon a vast collection of Shakuhachi's. I was startled but impressed. But all these flutes were cheap and ugly. They was no lustre and shine that comes from a hand that truly cares about the product he is putting forth. They were cheap and factory made, it was very obvious. I picked one up that closely resembled my own. Out of its mouthpiece a dense growth of branches grew out rapidly. The branches sprung to life with thousands on miniature leaves and cherry blossoms which quickly bloomed. Then as fleetingly as it had all happened the blossoms and the leaves shriveled and fell, and the branches became brittle and crumbled. It was at this point that I woke up.
Adam Dalgarno, Peterborough Member Since October 2006 Artist Statement If art is the expression of self, then my artwork speaks to the curiosity that is being human. What are we doing, where are we going, and where have we been? These questions are at the roots of my work. I use these roots to dig deep down into the soils of philosophy, culture, and the environment, to bring to the surface truths which I can entwine, deconstruct, and grasp on my own terms. What you see is an expedition of textures, colours, and experience. Each brush stroke is a conscious step towards truth, a universal experience, and the evolution of something that can be held on to.