The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts.
My work is not about the glory of the human form more about being human. Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. My focus is on me as an individual and how individuals connect within different groups.
Sometimes I take focus on smaller elements of identity for example finger print, name, or signature. I use these as a reference for works that often takes on an abstract element, whose artistic aesthetic is achieved by the arrangement of these various components.
Often I take the individual as a whole with the full figure using its outline as evidence of its presence. The outlines overlapping form a linear pattern produced by the uniqueness of each individual. These large communities of lines form an individuality and unity.
When I make a large work that develops through a slow process using individuals, the final piece forms a consuming image for both the people involved in the making and the audience. Collaboration makes the process and ultimately finished artwork more responsive and more human.
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‘Crowded Room Stamford’ Tim Mann 2017
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“My inspiration comes from those that surround me, the good, the bad, the old, the young, the engaged, and the disengaged.”
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A community is defined as a group of members who live in a certain locality and interact with one another while sharing common interests or goals. The concept of community has expanded over the last several decades, and three main types of communities are generally identified. These are geographic communities, communities of interest and virtual community.
Communities are important because they allow people to interact with each other, share experiences, develop valued relationships and work toward a common goal. Without communities, people would have to live isolated lives with minimal or no contact outside of their immediate circle. Getting to know new people is essential to the enrichment of a person’s life.
Living in functional communities help maintain a good and progressive society. People do not have to handle their issues on their own because they have other people who can offer help. Moreover, communities have a fundamental impact on the development of children. They provide the environment that helps a child’s brain develop.
A person’s skills and resources are directly related to his participation in various aspects of a community, such as education, employment and recreation. A positive community hones the skills of a person and helps him achieve his goals. People feel connected to one another in a community, and they are interdependent on each other for many reasons. Members of a community also feel motivated in achieving a desired outcome. They feel a sense of worth in performing certain activities with other members. They share resources and interests. A community allows peace and order to exist by enforcing formal and informal rules, laws, ethics and customs.
So with this in mind to be part of a community and to understand your position in that community is important.