ATMOSPHERES

"Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved the blackness of darkness forever." - Beth Gibbons

“In my youth, my Dad used to sit me down in front of all these intense movies. Movies I probably shouldn’t have been watching at that age. One of these was 2001: A Space Odyssey which actually ended up being a huge inspiration for me. Being young and impressionable and also sick with a fever when I first saw it, 2001 created a permanent watermark of imagery and sound into my mind. To this day it’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

Around the same time my grade school teacher had just told the class about the idea of infinity by having us take out a ruler and telling the class to imagine it extending away from ourselves and never ending. No matter what number you think of, she said, there’s always a bigger number beyond that. That idea of infinity was really hard to grasp and it kind of struck fear into me, but it was also an awakening. It was like the scene in 2001 where David travels through the monolith and gets re-born. It’s just this huge transformation and the idea of seeing something you’ve never seen before and it went from something that was very fearful to something that was inspiring.

This all goes along the same lines as the imagery I’m presenting. The idea of creation and infinity—like when I was a child and was looking at the stars—that moment of awe and realizing how small you are, that our Sun is one of billions of stars. I’m sort of trying to recreate that moment of realization that you’re not alone…or you are alone, however you want to see it. Imagine if you could feel the earth move and if the earth stopped maybe you’d float off and go into the atmosphere. I want to create that moment, a possibility of what if. I want to bring you somewhere you may have never been or remind you of a feeling you may never have again. You become an explorer and discover a moment that’s yours personally because of the abstraction of the image. The images primarily work with the subconscious. Like clouds in the sky or ringlets of smoke my work is more reminiscent of a distant memory or an inner thought that you can’t quite remember.

No one will ever see these the same way. Everyone will have a different interpretation. It could be any multitude of emotions. I feel like art has that potential. For me this work gives me inspiration and has that aspect of the universe, the stars, and creation—of moments that are beyond your control—and each of these are of a kind I can never duplicate again. It’s just like everything on this planet—every snowflake, every person, every star, everything we know, it’s all impermanent. I’m just hoping to document this one instant and take someone out of their world for just a few moments and inspire that awe of awareness that infinity exists.”—Arian Camilleri