Jordan J. Plotnek
My artwork was born from my experiences as a security professional and is a reflection of my ongoing struggle with the nature of humankind and what it means to be human. On an individual level we can be full of love, acceptance, empathy, and kindness, but as a whole we are aggressive, destructive, hateful, and divisive – the sole reason that my scientific field exists. I am troubled by this duality and my art is where I process these thoughts and emotions and try to encourage change in the world.
In line with the human-centric theme, my artwork is intrinsically human in nature. I paint on the floor to allow my body to move freely as I apply raw visceral streaks of deep natural colours using a palette knife. The bulk of my work is created by layering these streaks to build up an intricate texture resembling scars or veins and is often finished off with contrasting figure-like marks.