Steph Burr- Artist Statement
Chaos: n. often capitalized : a state of things in which chance is supreme;
especially : the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the
creation of distinct forms —
We currently live in a time in which we have unlimited access to an
unprecedented amount of stimulation and information. Not only is there a
constant barrage of images and messages from social media, but we also have
virtually unrestricted access to human knowledge via the internet. Maximalism is
a response to the chaotic ethereal mass of information. It is an attempt to
rationalize and organize the chaos into a composition that is comprehensible and
thus aesthetically pleasing.
I believe that we, as humans, are evolving the ability once again to find
beauty in complexity. The maximalism movement is the logical next step in art’s
evolution, which is evidenced by the fact that there are thousands of different
artists exploring this style in some capacity. Maximalism transcends artistic
genres and can draw influence from anything an artist is inclined to explore. It is
truly limitless in its possibility.
While the influence can be highly variable, I propose that the constant of
this movement may be in the process. The root of this belief begins with a
foundational understanding of duality, which I define not as good and evil, but
rather binary and chaotic. I see the balance of this relationship expressed in the
human body in the connection between the brain and the digestive system.
Doctors are discovering that our guts and brains have a deep connection and
some even call the guts the body’s “second brain”. These two systems are in a
relationship linked to the foundations of duality. The brain being the binary
element, pursuing truth through math, logic, memory and experience. The
digestive system being the chaotic element, pursuing truth through instinct,
emotion, spirituality, and art.
Maximalism is about developing the ability to channel chaos. Right now
we are very reliant on the binary side of composing thought. In order shift the
consciousness towards the chaotic, one must learn to deactivate the binary to
some extent. Essentially, learn how to turn down the brain and think more with