M.C. Pratt has maintained an artist’s life through careers in art education, writing, business and the creative experience. Particularly, the medium of oil provides a mysterious sense of discovery as each painting flows out from a different well. Art is informed from collective sources accrued over a lifetime of observing, thinking and processing.
To qualify influences and inspirations can often deaden the work for the audience as well as the artist. What fun is a treasure hunt if the prize is easily attainable? A piece of art can be made only once, externalized only once. If unburdened by the baggage of the why and wherefore according to the artist, the viewer may edge a bit closer in temporal and psychical distance to experiencing a participatory discovery of the energy from which the work was made. Who cares what it’s “about.”
All art is representational, like it or not. The degree to which this is obvious, the degree to which one finds the glimmer of an apple, the whole of the thing or something entirely other is the poetry of the artist. Or maybe it’s a turnip. Keep an open mind and enjoy the exploration.
The artist works in Maryland and North Carolina and can be reached at [email protected].
A few favorites:
“I'm interested in reconstructing symbols. It's about connecting with an older knowledge and trying to discover continuities in why we search for heaven.” -Anselm Kiefer
“Art is a wicked thing. It is what we are.” -Georgia O’Keeffe
“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” -Oscar Wilde
“O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.” -Jim Morrison
Painting Notes: Clyde’s Shrimper - In the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Cook, Yanceyville, NC Evening Dunes - In the collection of Ms. Doreen Baum, Apex, NC Guardians Over the Coast - pending