Sloat Shaw - Artist Statement
When I paint I step into the unknown, a place that feels both outside time and
rich with the dreams and memories of the earth. I use meditation to enter this
zone which allows the paint to flow on canvas without my conscious
interference. I paint ancient myths and archetypal memories, bringing them
into modern relevance and using them to illuminate the transformative chaos
of the 21st century.
In order to paint the pulsing quality of the earth, I use chi gung and other
energetic meditations to make visible an invisible landscape. To see more
clearly, I am able to make a shift into synesthesia, a heightened, pulsating,
tactile space, where each color has a different scent, and often a musical note as
I have been gaining tangible, experiential knowledge of how senses inform the
brain, through travels to Tibet, India and conversations with the Dali Lama’s
teacher Rinpoche Guge Gyabung Tulko.
Most recently, I have been exploring Tasting Paint: Expanding Creativity. In addition
to an exhibition of my paintings, I lead visitors through a sensory map in order to
heighten the creative experience, and document their responses to sensory stimulation using
biofeedback monitors. See More Here.
Artists explore the world from a different part of the brain. Tasting Paint
welcomes the viewer into the world of the artist and the creative process
through sensory stimulation. By noticing what creativity feels like in your own
body, the intangible and elusive become more visible and accessible.