Robert Eustace

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Auracourt

Robert Eustace received his MFA in 1987 from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and his BA in 1981 from Montclair State University.

Biographical Statement

Born April 1957 in the Inwood section of northern Manhattan, New York City, the Artist, Robert Eustace, attributes his eventual 'calling' in art to various central roots: playtime in the surrounding park systems 'primeval wilderness'; discovering mystery and wonder amongst the art, fragrances and shadows found within a traditional catholic church (and by extension, periodic visits to the nearby Cloisters Museum—a complete architectural monastic setting, containing enclosed medieval herb gardens and shaded verandas. It was constructed of stone remnants gathered from ancient European sacred sites). Lastly, Eustace was mentored by the social-politically conscious, primitive expressionist painter, Peter Dean (1934-1993). The work of Robert Eustace harkens back to childhood reverie, paradise lost, while it evokes a mysticism of memory and yearning for the transcendent.

Artist's Statement

I am currently involved in the series: (1) 'Aenigmate' and the recent (2) 'Tree of Souls', Mixed-Media Constructions. These images, likened to illuminated manuscripts, reliquaries and icons, stem from my interest in medieval studies, philosophy, alchemy, mysticism, the Bible. Some themes: Mary - mother and child, Christ's passion, the current collapse of existing time-honored structures, the window as portal to mystery and grace, sacred symmetry and space, the park as model paradise garden.

I am interested in the gathering and transformation of materials into seamless convincing visual worlds. These iconic works inevitably take on the character of ancient unearthed ritual objects—imbued with the patina of time. The original qualities of the image may be lost, yet something far richer remains. Conversely, they also speak of the modern highway billboard: exposed to the ravages of time and all weathers, its torn, now fragmented underlying layers—reveal!

The latin 'Aenigmate' means: Earthbound and limited in finitude - to ascertain only the dimmest of shadows of what truly 'is' and 'is to come': like looking through a dark glass. I seek to convey something of the 'mysterium tremendum' - or a visual approximation of awe, divine mystery and terrible beauty.

My most recent new series: 'Tree of Souls'/ Ikonic Constructions and Drawings (2010 on...), thus far promises to be more economical, clean, austere in less overall surface information and thus, more 'minimal' or 'reductionist' in means compared to the much prior, 'Aenigmate' series. Of central focus, is the motif of 'the Tree' (or Tree of Life) and its surrounding environs as a place of nurturing, refuge, safety, sympathy and protection. I am interested in the idea of 'radiant (radiance) zones' - creating lovely (virtual - actual) rural off-the-grid spaces that one can live inside of.... to live, move and have our being within".

On Art and Space

I am primarily interested in space... or the charting of a deeply personal and resonant space, as it relates to mysticism and memory. In the ever changing realm of artistic creation, I am forever searching for a zone, an open space, a place of calm to call my own, an area open to imagination and revelation.... I am likewise interested in following 'the ambient sound' that ever calls to me and informs my life.... I seek to capture the fragile sparkling of the last interstices (here at the end of time), as I reach in faith out to the void - create - and pull something of substance back into the here and now.

Images in Slideshow:

(1) 'Auracourt', from the series: 'Aenigmate', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, 25"h x 20"w x 3"d, 2003

(2) 'Canticle of the Celestial Night Rose', from the series: 'Aenigmate', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, Objects, 26"h x 20"w x 4.5"d, 2006

(3) 'Collapse', from the series: 'Aenigmate', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, 25"h x 19"w x 2.5"d, 1993

(4) 'Hortus Conclusus : Campus Stella', or 'The Enclosed Garden : Field of Stars', from the series: 'Tree of Souls', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, Objects, 27"h x 20"w x 3"d, 2012

(5) 'Image: Mother and Child' from the series: 'Aenigmate', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, 25"h x 20"w x 2.5"d, 1998

(6) 'The Nurture : Flowering in Paradise', from the series: 'Tree of Souls', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, 26"h x 20"w x 3"d, 2012

(7) 'Portal of Divine Grace', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Canvas and Wood, 48"h x 36"w x 2.5"d, 1982

(8) 'Pairidaeza', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Canvas and Wood, 48"h x 36"w x 2.5"d, 1985

(9) 'Image : Seed of Divine Life', from the series: 'Aenigmate', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, 25"h x 19"w x 3"d, 2003

(10) 'Through Fire : Holy Center', from the series: 'Aenigmate', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, 25"h x 19"w x 2.5"d, 1995

(11) 'Lament of the Black Sun' or ['Lamento Sol Niger'], from the series: 'Aenigmate', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, 14.5"h x 12.5"w x 3"d, 2015

(12) 'Enlightment... (In Autumn),' from the series: 'Tree of Souls', Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal, 24"h x 19.5"w x 3"d, 2016

Preferred Media:
Iconic Mixed-Media Constructions / Combined Process on Wood with Metal. Also: Welded Steel Sculptures, Experimental Works, Photography, Drawing, Writing (including autobiographical memoirs, spiritual journaling, poetry, and essays on art, music, and culture).

Professional Memberships/ Affiliations:
CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts)
IAM (International Arts Movement)
SEEDS Fine Art Exhibitions, Orange CA
NPAA (Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association)
ARTSlant NY (Worldwide Artists Website)
SARTS (Society for the Arts in Religion and Theological Studies)

Website:
http://www.sainteustacefineart.com