John Regis Tuska - Artist Statement
The things of the visual world are not made by material or technique alone, The human element must be present. One hand, one brain (the human expression and the ability to reason) combine with the material and process to form the born object.
However, when an artist shows some of the results of his discoveries, he is asking for a reaction not based on a viewer's past experience. Each object exists for its own reason without reference to a historical connection. We bear the entire world of man's history on our shoulders, and this helps make it difficult to view objects in terms of our own time and century.
Each individual working, studies and learns to become automatic with his techniques. What is done with these skills are important. The material the artist chooses are his tools. His process techniques are his method. Both of these combine to make his vision and imagination. Trying to go beyond what is realistic, abstract or perhaps expected, and create a new dimension that confronts the producer and viewer into a "sense" reaction.
"I have had many media changes in my life, since I do not feel one media answers all of the visual questions that concern me. I have always generated the premise of "what if". There are always questions, and the possible answers are what I produce. No one media satisfies the diversity of my thinking. And so, I extend my experience and skills into "unknowns". Thereby satisfying the curious question, "what if". You reach for stars, moons, and planets, which you may never see or never reach, but OK! What an experience to ride one's life through! The doors that open, the visions that evolve, are not final, but layers that open into future possibilities. Life's variety has no conclusion, it keeps unraveling, we reach the center: the sight of what is and what might be!"
- John Regis Tuska