Paul Birkeland-Green BA(hons) fine art
“I make images and objects.”
I like to play with ambiguous imagery that overpowers the rational. Simple stuff that just can’t be blocked by the conscious mind.
Work 2013-onwards. Older ideas are here but deep mining is needed to find them; some 21,000 images and drawings from the last 21 years. Not everything new is online, I’m only giving a flavour here. Sadly much of previous work was never documented, so the vast majority…now sold, has little more than sketches and prep. drawings to show.
The theme of my work: to engage the viewer with the viewed. To explore empathy and its boundaries using the poetic: the masculine, feminine, instinct, spirit, primal, emotional, sensual, conscious, subconscious, fantasy, desire, through light and dark. That’s what drives me forward…the why the if and how. And to make work that allows a dialogue between me and everything else.
Butterfly: many things to many people, beauty, design, metaphor, spirit, sublime engineering. Something so elegant yet infinitely complex. Magic and science…
An eclectic journey of experiences and observations. A lifetime of learning and living. I’m described as a lateral thinker, looking at the world from an unusual viewpoint. I express that in my work for the attention of others. So far that contribution has been useful.
I never accept a definition of anything, I look at it from several angles, my motto: never assume.
I’m drawn to symbolism and the value of metaphors. In particular mortality, that brief moment in time, calling on many alignments…often ones that lie hidden deep in psychic layers.
Instincts, memory, jarred from dormant evolution; layer upon layer laid down by countless generations. What secrets are locked away in memory, blood and heritage? What key unlocks those dormant hidden skills; what pathway leads to those memories? The the wheel of life turns, adapts and replicates, the mechanisms of life, death and transformation.
“Some days I’m an Eagle, others a Mole. To live, experience, love and perhaps record something of life along the way.”
Projects have ranged from Virtual Shopping Malls, Museums, Buildings to 1st person adventure games, installations, sculpture, paintings and software. Performance, installation, writing and presentation too. From VR, digital, painting, 3D and electronics; today’s fine artist certainly has to be flexible.
A small selection of the sketches and photos I think best explain me.
They all relate to some project or other along the way…and of course my current work.