Tommy Taylor statement

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In this political climate and day and age of division, many things concern and trouble me. Tangled in the politics of the day there are concerns about: climate change, animal extinction, artificial intelligence, race, class, religion and more. Problems we face as a species and as individuals.

The constant in all of this is man. Sentient beings, still governed by a reptilian brain that seeks, first and foremost, self-preservation in a struggle with our higher qualities of benevolence love and altruism. This “place,” this nexus of thought, consciousness, unconsciousness where it meets is the starting point and center from which all consequence flows. “Threshold,” is the intersection that I feel is at the center, and is of the utmost importance to us as individuals and as a collective today. Threshold is defined as the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a specific reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested. It is also a point of entry, and a gateway. It is what these paintings explore. Struggle between disorder and resolution.