Artist Statement- Ramon Nayar
My own journey and the ongoing evolution of my artistic style speaks to the purpose and contribution that my work offers to oneself and the world around oneself...
The creative expression behind my work is intended to leave a lasting impression on both the heart and mind- an impression very reminiscent to the depth of thought and compassion associated with the era of writing letters, and yet with a presentation that has strong parallels to those of comic books and graphic novels. Storytelling has certainly evolved from the spoken narrative to an audience of 1 or more once upon a time. And so, with this path of the storytelling artist that I have chosen, the very premise behind my work in creative writing, photography & film is anchored on words and images. I believe that words and images, especially when assembled to compliment each other and support an idea and/or unlock new ideas, is what powerful storytelling offers to move the heart and mind.
We used to be able to give others much more undivided attention and focus than we are apparently capable of giving today. The narratives combined with the image arrangements are meant to have others set aside apathy and embrace the notion of fully living in the moment. To me, this is what art brings to the world- a pure sense of being able to feel- to liberate our hearts and minds away from this pseudo sense of being connected because we have social media and other forms of "real-time" communication. This pseudo sense can never serve as a true replacement to the personal time and focus required by human introspection and human interaction.
There are thoughts and feelings to revel in on our own time, and also with time spent remembering and appreciating others and the plethora of issues our nations are constantly faced with. I believe there is an honest and purposeful way to incorporate this cause-driven art as a form of responsive and reflective communication. The stories that I create are meant to uplift, move, and/or inspire others. It is to help us all imagine a different world where we are closer to our own thoughts than we were before. And, if even for a longer moment than someone is accustomed, if my work causes an emotional response, or a slightly more introspective look within themselves and the world around them, or an added reason to take action and re-connect with the world aside from social media or needing to be tethered to our "smart" devices, then my work is fulfilling its purpose.
It should not be surprising, then, that media and entertainment has to be louder than ever before in the context of more violence and other extreme stimulus because we live in a distracted world where attention deficit behavior has become a byproduct of social technology. We have become desensitized to what would have easily grasped our attention generations ago. In addition, we seem to live in a mode of multitasking where sharing a conversation can not be without a virtual tether to the pseudo reality that we are connected to. Everything regarding the simplicity of human interaction has become too complex and distracted. In fact, many of us feel uneasy by affording any amount of time to one specific person, a place, and, consequently, a thought. If not recognized soon enough, it becomes impossible to develop critical thinking and more probable to gravitate towards apathy on many levels. This is because we have simply lost the ability make focused time for ourselves as well as for each other.
Does there not exist a risk of apathy to the current and future generations then? Teachers have changed the way they grade papers to cross-check Google plagiarism. The biggest concern they have expressed time and time again is a student's inability to develop critical thinking which has a direct impact on character education. And, with so many music and art programs being retired from school, what longer term impact could this have on a terraformed society where the norm is not to fully listen to ourselves or to each other? Anti-texting while driving campaigns were long overdue as it is still an issue today. And as for all of the other causes that merit attention and addressing, who has both the time and ability to even care as much these days compared to days before? How can the voices of those organizations and causes be amplified if we live in a society where messaging is a matter of being loud enough instead of simply heard and appreciated?
As a telecommunication major, I've seen the rise and fall of one-way, two-way, and multi-channel communication. They all have their place and will continue to evolve. The challenge with these technological milestones is that it has a propensity to pull us away from the human condition with respect to interaction and contact. The hidden misconception about communication technology is that it claims to be a substitute for human interaction. The truth is, we live in a distracted world where things like eye contact and single-tasking are no longer commonplace. Although this may be perceived as trivial, the underlying impact is negative towards being able to focus. This lack of focus hinders crucial types of critical thinking. My work, in itself, is to serve as an anchor towards critical thinking that simply requires time for reflection. And with critical thinking and this newly afforded time comes empathy. And finally, with newfound empathy, comes change- within ourselves, and throughout the world around us.
The images and narratives created from my work celebrate experiences through storytelling. Expressions of subjects, compositions of landscapes, and the poetry or prose of words paired with these images are all aimed at invoking not only emotion, but also reflection. This is why being a cause-driven artist is so important to me in that my work has the potential to promote depth of thought and a gentle separation of a single "here- and- now- moment" away from everything else. In a commercial campaign, or in a fine art gallery, or within a keepsake book, my creative expression is meant to help overcome apathy by taking pause to internalize a story of experiences and ideas.
And so I continue on this journey, hopefully not alone, with purpose to contribute, artistically, in a way that can catalyze empathy for change...
“Rolling Hills of Hues”The thrills that come with these rolling hills of hues during an afternoon where the sun remains absent and yet the echoes of its warmth emanate with peace became the memory I’d keep close for more than a little while. I’d climb to reach a summit view that few would afford the time of day for. And this site would play in my mind forever more as I would wonder what else these fall colors bring. From the surreal detail of trees closest to me, these treasures of autumn would have me in a gaze that seemed to dismiss space and time altogether. And it would prove best not to forget the silhouette of mountains dancing with the horizon that had no defining ending- for there could only be more on the other side. Each inhale of the brisk air followed with an exhale of intention to harmonize with the heartbeat inside me. And then it became clear that I was nowhere else but here- so far away from yesterday with no expectations for tomorrow. And these were the thrills that come with these rolling hills of hues during an afternoon where the sun remains absent and yet the echoes of its warmth emanate with peace to become the memory I’d keep close for more than a little while.-----© ISO Splash - Ramon Nayar. All Rights Reserved. Ramon is an Asian-American, cause-driven artist whose form of storytelling is done through digital photography and creative writing. Do these images inspire or add to your day? If so, do make them ‘share-worthy’ to lift up others. Like us on FB:www.facebook.com/ISOsplash
There was a mixed myriad of expressions coming from personalities with a common thread of courage to stand up against cancer this day. Other common denominators included grace, lifted spirits, compassion, and a zest for life that many of us take for granted. Volunteering time for this wonderful cause has a ripple effect of being reminded of how each and every day is, in fact, a gift. The inner child in me was able to serve as the anchor towards establishing enough rapport to just celebrate these children with a heart beating strongly for remission if not for a cure. And to the families who are tasked with setting their own tears aside and trying their very best to live a "normal life" despite the trials and tribulations that this harsh reality brings- thank you for showing us a side of humanity that can be so starved of what you bring each and every day- and that is an unconditional love for others. This "summary slide" of that day barely scratches the surface for what each of those children and families of those children held inside their hearts- inspiration in different dimensions. There is a newfound drive to revel in an atmosphere of hope. There is a wanting to tell others about how incredible this experience is and to invite others to share in this experience. There is a yearning to keep the well wishes for these children and their families close to our hearts. And, there is a unwavering hope to take this astronomical amount of courage these children emanate and convert that strength into finding a cure. For more information about this wonderful organization, please visit http://www.FlashesOfHope.org
© ISO Splash - Ramon Nayar. All Rights Reserved. Ramon is an Asian-American, cause-driven artist whose form of storytelling is done through digital photography and creative writing. Do these images inspire or add to your day? If so, do make them ‘share-worthy’ to lift up others. Like us on FB:www.facebook.com/ISOsplash
“Solace by the Shore”I found solace by the shore where the sunset wanted more than just a glimpse of its final exhales and beacon of light. For it is the moments after that star lays down that a sky’s embers burn with different flavors that one may savor if he or she can learn the virtue of patience. The sounds of the waves danced with a rhythm that had me listening for the very ending of an ebb or the very beginning of a flow. The faint aroma of the gulf’s air kept me there- in this awareness that the falling leaves back home were calling me to return when I was ready. And, for the first time that evening, I felt the warmth change in harmony with whatever the hue was painting an ever expanding canvas of atmosphere. For this is where I found solace by the shore where the sunset wanted more than just a glimpse of its final exhales and beacon of light…-----© ISO Splash - Ramon Nayar. All Rights Reserved. Ramon is an Asian-American, cause-driven artist whose form of storytelling is done through digital photography and creative writing. Do these images inspire or add to your day? If so, do make them ‘share-worthy’ to lift up others. Like us on FB:www.facebook.com/ISOsplash