When Jeremy Rockwell starts working on a painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.; the first step is surface activation. This could be anything from splattering ink and spray paint to leaving a canvas in an old barn for three months. These automatic art techniques “break the ice” of dialogue between the artist and his work, starting a psychological visual conversation.
The subject of each piece, incidentally, usually comes as a surprise to Rockwell. When a rich array of visual elements accumulate, converse, and eventually converge on a common ground, the artwork is finished, the conversation over. The duality of delicate forms and percussive blasts in Rockwell’s work are evidence of the freedom, which these conversations have.