Jared Weiss’ Artist Book

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Jared Weiss: Artist Statement

"I See Now..." by Weiss

Ghosts surround us. They exist in ink, in words, in memories. Ultimately, for me, they exist in paint and the photographic image. The idea of a ghost consists of something that has once existed in entirety and has since partially disappeared, leaving an echo that rings through time. Paint and photography are ways to temporarily freeze that echo and redirect it into future consciousness.


With absence, a trace is felt through residual memory being transferred to certain form. Painting is a means of expressing this form, a way of locking an image or an idea into a semi-static state, thus allowing it to perpetuate. When a paintbrush leaves a mark, that mark has the potential to stay set in place for thousands of years. It stands as a reference to the paintbrush’s absence.  Most objects present us with this record of a previous event. Marks carry a trace.

We are constantly looking into the past. When we look at anything we are looking back in time (light travels at a finite speed). This creates an absence that is also a presence. My work references this absent-presence by resembling a hole or void.  Alluding to negative space, the Buddhist Non-Ego, the unconscious, or simply the unknown, these holes symbolically present the abstract concept of emptiness. Human conception of this emptiness can only be alluded to symbolically with juxtapositions to a somethingness as a duality of opposites.

"Man" by Weiss

Upon closer study figures begin to emerge. These figures are hidden by means of low contrast or shape/color alliterations and are painted from antique photographs (literally ghosts of light).  With this, they exist on a different level of consciousness; prolonged consciousness as opposed to the glance. They exert a pull on the viewer, requiring longer conscious participation. Once they are experienced they give reference points to navigate the interrelated meaning of figures to abstraction, known to unknown.

"Cenotaph and the Sea" by Weiss