I am fascinated by the human relationship with nature. Are we connected beyond the need for nourishment? Do we want to be? I think about our impulse to wall ourselves off and keep nature out, and I wonder if this really makes people more secure. Underneath nature’s beauty there is something impenetrable and resistant to the human need for meaning. Things come to life, breath, flourish if they are lucky, and then die. Nature is brimming with an energy that can seem indiscriminate, snuffing out life as easily as it creates it. At times it gives me an overwhelming sense that we are a part of something special but fleeting, and that the desire for solace and certainty is as unreasonable as asking the sky if we will be here tomorrow.
"Imagine artwork from the Audubon Society melding with psychedelic art of the 1960s, and you have a sense of the new canvases from Oakland's J.S. Weis. Animals emerge from a flotilla of colorful matter that resembles the earth or its atmosphere but is hard to pinpoint. It's all very mysterious and all very intoxicating."
--Jonathan Curiel, SF Weekly
Layered Paper Detail
This gallery contains details of the paper texture in the Liquid Hymn series.