Surrealist and fantasy art have always held a certain fascination for me. Surrealism seeks to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, that frequently depicts the irrational juxtaposition of images. It is filled with symbolism and unconscious, almost dream-like meaning.
At the core of surrealism is the ability to express a fantastical world that isn’t quite what we observe, but rather is something we might feel or yearn for.
“Christian” surrealism is taking Christian-based spiritual imagery and applying the surrealist style to it. In the Bible, God speaks to people frequently through imagery and dreams. Thus, creating spiritual “dreamscapes” of fantastical and symbolic meaning seems a fitting way to express the divine encounter.
I have found myself inspired by other surrealist artists like Salvador Dali, Josephine Wall, and more recently, Michael Cheval (whose style goes beyond surreal and into what he calls the “absurd.”) Some days – absurd seems like the right word to convey life.