MJ King
Water
Water

Water is not only the essence of the human body, but of life. It is a powerful realm we can immerse ourselves in physically, but only for a moment, for we do not belong entirely. Water is a liminal space – when you are in it you exist somewhere in between – a fine line emerges between life and death. The body engulfed by the water is no longer grounded; gravity disappears as the figure is carried within the buoyant nature of the water. The process of exhaling is revealed as bubbles escape to the surface.

I attempt to capture a moment beneath the surface that is uncontrollable. What is seen is constantly in flux, so I allow the relationship of the water and body to present its own dynamic. As this relationship unfolds and translates into paint, it becomes something more. Water shapes and controls; while manipulating what we view as reality; as paint shapes and controls the image. In the paintings, capturing the refractions and fluid motion on and below the surface, reveals a world that is ethereal to the eye. This results in a unique moment that allows us to become a part of this world that is constantly changing, if only briefly.