“I both want to clarify and deepen human vision.”
An interview with painter Jonathan Peter Jackson.
No Rescue for the Robot Ghost
I love your Flood of Memory series. It’s so dreamlike and evocative, and the figures seem so beautifully vulnerable and untouched. Can you speak a little about your inspiration for the series? Are these places that you’ve visited in your travels or your dreams?
Flood of Memory came, like the title implies, all of a sudden with a very powerful half-conscious vision, and has evolved from that initial fissure into the tension between body and deconstructed environment that it is now. For me, everything is about the body because I very much insist that as human beings we must contemplate the mystery of our existence, particularly our corporeal selves, in order to transcend. The title comes from Proust, who is one of the most painterly writers and a gifted seer.