Destry Sparks

  Flowers in Time on the Mountain , Acrylic and found objects on fabric, 29.5 x 25.5 inches

Flowers in Time on the Mountain, Acrylic and found objects on fabric, 29.5 x 25.5 inches

This assemblage is concerned with the passage of time on our trek through life. I select well-worn found objects that, despite their haggard nature, possess a rugged beauty and readymade history.  In the history of art, flowers are often depicted as symbols of fecundity or transience, and in this painting I aim to further illustrate their frail nature and quickly fading glory. 

  Mysticism and Mortality , Acrylic and found objects on window screen, 27 x 28.5 inches

Mysticism and Mortality, Acrylic and found objects on window screen, 27 x 28.5 inches

Working on a found window screen with the painter's hand evident, I've made no attempt to fool the eye or comment on things deemed lovely or pleasant.  Instead harsh textures are congruent with echoes of death. Parched white bones from land and sea creatures contrast with a predominantly black color scheme. Biomorphic entities akin to the visions of William Baziotes writhe in a struggle to endure and sustain in this ominous realm. Metal relics of defunct industrial sites lay battered, rusted and in tatters. Efforts to find a way forward by any means necessary including the dark arts have failed.

 

Biography

I am a contemporary mixed media painter and curator. I attach worn found objects to rough surfaces including burlap, window screens, and wood pallets. This creates a particularly visceral surface atypical of the traditional flat plane. My work has been shown around the United States in leading art markets including Miami and New York. My influences are diverse, from leading contemporaries Anselm Kiefer and El Anatsui to modern masters Paul Klee and Joan Miro. I have a deep appreciation for the work of traditional African & Aboriginal craftsmen as well. American outsiders and the Art Brut movement are also important to my creative development.