Exploring the Sublime

All our Actions 

are building our Ship

for sailing the Universe

on our constant Trip

through the Wormholes

of Space and Time

that separate Life

from all that is Sublime.

Copyright Ted DeMaine: Passport of Love, Album “The Shark & the Crow” 2006

This body of work further examines my life’s journey through the “Exploration of the Sublime”, and I reference the above lyrics.

The word Sublime conjures up many responses, with the Beauty/Sublime dichotomy being the most prevalent. Whereas beauty generates a feeling of peace and harmony, the sublime challenges the senses, imagination and understanding. My exploration references the Kantian view that nature created the human mind and thereby provided us with intuition whereby we can appreciate both beauty and the sublime.

In my work I explore the notion that the sublime is an extension of beauty. The work explores my inner and outer space through the use of preciousness. I attempt to achieve this through the use of higher levels of skill, precious materials and contemporary technology whilst actively pushing all to their limits.

In this journey my inspirations come not only from my responses to my husband’s poems/lyrics but also the superb Chinese ceramics and paper cuts that I encountered during my Chinese journey in 2008.

Johanna DeMaine 2009