JUSTYN ZOLLI : VISUAL ARTIST

My art is my conversation with the timeless, the primal, and the elemental. My practice primarily consists of creating original, abstract paintings on canvas, making prints and ink drawings on paper, and designing for architectural art-glass.

In using these traditional materials, I find powerful ways to explore my interest in the unifying and transforming qualities of light and color, refraction and reflection, and to investigate the relationship between timeless, geometric structure and the visual rhythms of Nature.

The deeper meaning of my work is drawn from my interest in how the visual arts act and have acted as a path of outward expression for inner, mystical experiences throughout time and world culture. This has lead me to research the world's traditions of spiritual art of the deep past, to work restoring older sacred art, to work with the collections of museums of art, to find and study with accomplished masters of visual arts, and to travel to the world's ancient temple architecture for inspiration, study, and documentation.

I then distill the elements I am drawn to into my own meditative language of visual forms. These forms evoke simplified pillars, arches, skylights, altars, temple floorplans, and inner chambers. These are the scaffold upon which I invent my own unique compositions, in order to create in my artwork a unitary experience of light, harmony, and order. It is my aim that my artworks can then invoke similar feelings of transcendence, interiority, sacredness, and communion within the viewer.

In essence, my work in the Visual Arts are my way of creatively expressing my understanding of my own direct experience of the continuously created, dynamic display of an absolutely transcendent, yet universally immanent, mystery. I strive to offer that understanding back to others as an aesthetic experience of harmony, light, and peace.

+Justyn Zolli