The etymology of FASCINASIA originates from the Artist’s reflections on his own influences and explores the fascination we have with Asian culture, both modern and ancient. Asian culture can be traced back over 5000 years and because of it’s history, it influences our society and current culture. FASCINASIA explores the symbols of the sacred, juxtaposed with icons of modern society. It is this visual reincarnation that appeals to the inner vibration of a soul consciousness. Stanford seeks to transform the viewer’s vision and affect the subconscious mind.
In the structures of ancient temples, we see how sensuality was present in ancient world culture. Today we have new icons and a new measures of what is beautiful & spiritual. The media sends out more messages now than at any other time in human history and it affects our culture; they create a new culture. Today’s perception of the human body’s aesthetics is destructive and earthly creatures are too easily forgotten into extinction because of this disconnection.
Stanford attempts to express and illustrate a vision with alternative mythological figures of inner beauty expressed outwardly in what has been described as a perfect storm of content and intent, reflecting back images of both the beauty and decadence of modern society with a contemporary vision.
The distinctive mixed media paintings are meticulously crafted out of Feng Shui elements and materials, displaying a new reverence for beauty. An East meets West energy, where a translation between the material and the intellectual world conjure up powerful symbols of metaphorical sentient beings. Stanford’s use of archival materials reflects the sequence of the five elements – wood gives rise to fire, fire produces earth, earth gives birth to gold, gold creates water, water makes wood. The latest work shows more fascination for ancient world techniques with the use of encaustic wax as part of his exploration of new mediums.