"TransFiguration" by Jim Carpenter, Acrylic on Paper, Mounted on Canvas, 14" x 11"
Transfiguration: A Change of Shape or Form
"Trans" is the Latin preposition meaning, among other things, "across." We see it everyday in such common words as "transatlantic" "transmigration" "transportation" "transfer" "translation" - and now your mind is reeling with all of the "trans" words you know that I haven't mentioned, right?
The word "Transfiguration" was first used to describe "the change in appearance of Christ before his disciples," but later its meaning broadened to include the secular - "a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state."
I think that this painting suggests the mysterious and miraculous types of trans-formation we might experience ourselves or witness in others. And I think the relationship between the two characters is an interesting one to consider. How does "trans-figuration" apply to each of them? What is being trans-figured here?
The capital "F" that I placed in the middle of "TransFiguration" has a purpose: to remind the viewer of "the Figure" and to suggest the notion of "figuration" - the act of drawing figures. And, I also wanted to connect this painting with an earlier work that I titled, "Figuration."
"Figuration" by Jim Carpenter, Acrylic on Paper, 9.25" x 17"
"Figuration" has always made me think of "the figure" being created from out of the chaos. We start with chaos and somehow manage to pull out of it - "draw out of it"? - some meaning, literal or figurative.
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