Robert MacDonald Graham

Artist’s statement: Often, my etchings and monotypes take the viewer on a journey into twilight worlds of the imagination. Many of my works place recognizable figures out of context with their surroundings, creating a stark contrast to our normal view of everyday life, and challenging the viewers to question their values. I unabashedly invite people into my mind and soul, as I weave images of dreamscapes, allegorical figures, and people into visual stories with pathos, irony and wit. My work revolves around sensitive issues, man’s relationship to man, survival, even the absurdity of man’s existence. I strive to make my etchings as intellectually provocative as they are aesthetically satisfying. My inspiration is drawn from philosophical convictions; the relationship between a person’s internal and external worlds. Whether the vehicle is an inventive creature or a human depiction, there is a sustaining energy – a strength – in that being’s odyssey. Some of these works express a state of mind, an emotional evolution, a wish or a fulfillment.