After history, a mind is born and in pursuit of a new place and condition it changes. It is of flesh, yet it is from the highest realm.
Between the lines of its culture is a collective soul. The fleshes of its ancestors have unraveled into chaos to be transformed again through the forces of creation. They are gone yet still here within those remnants which have not been annihilated by Nature, God, or War.
Like a flame feeding itself kindling the mind and the collective creates and recreates, morphing through time.
Then motion gives cause to an echo
"there is no meaning and no mind, only matter."
Of, through, and from matter, a combustion of air within fleshy hollows spat toward this strange coincidence of sound and grammar. The combustion, received, became a pattern of logos, the echo of a will.
"What am I? This feeling? This Will to seek and Create? Who created the process that gave way to me? Whether I know or not, mustn't I contribute a creation of my own? Are there more like me? Is there one that I or we are of or becoming? Thoughts. Words. Actions. Creations.. Didn't I become through creation!? The only thing I'm certain of is that this Mind is of the Will to Meaning!"
The initial strange sound was either a coincidence of grammar, an unfortunate tool, or a devilish trickster.
There is an addictive and intoxicating quiver of fear from the gut then the resolution to seek truth.
Using oil and pigment the artist marks his experience, to leave an imprint of his soul onto this new place that cradles it. He calls those marks a painting. Sometimes they are scratching gasps for perpetual existence, a hopeful confirmation of life through the transmission of logos. Sometimes they are in pursuit of a new place and condition. However, in some truly rare moments they are beyond the highest realm, pure.
Isaac McCaslin was raised in Madisonville, LA. In 2013 he received his B.F.A. in Painting at the Savannah College of Art & Design in GA. McCaslin has received regional, national, and international awards including in 2018, The Best in show at the 26th Emerald Coast National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Award in FL. In 2018 he’s also received awards at fine arts festivals such as the Arts Festival of Carrollton, GA, The Winter Springs Festival in FL, The Art Harvest Festival in Dunedin, FL, and the Ebb & Flow Festival in Baton Rouge, LA. He was awarded an Artist Residency Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts for 2015-16, where he had several exhibitions at the Hudson D Walker Gallery and the Provincetown Art Association & Museum. He was the winner of the Greenpoint Gallery’s National Juried Art Competition in NY 2015. Also in 2015 McCaslin created a group of Civil War Drawings currently on view at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum in Savannah, GA. His work has been acquired into private, corporate, and museum collections. He is a full time artist based in Savannah, GA.