Statement

Self Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1970

Self Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1970

Despite the frantic pace of our lives as we suffer daily media information overload, we function in relative isolation. There is little opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas between people from different disciplines, occupations, or walks of life. Yet we all share a common human nature, a common set of intellectual and biological urges, curiosities and experiences. To a greater or lesser extent we share a sense of personal and collective history. We experience pain, pleasure, love, loneliness. We are moved by suffering, desire, envy, contempt, wrath, courage.

It is the function of art to define and connect us with our humanity, to jar our memory, to fire the imagination and engage the emotions.

The works displayed on this website are intended to develop a rapport with the viewer, evoke a whimsical or poignant memory or share a private joke. Some are purely decorative or serve as a talisman. Others offer social commentary. Mostly, they are assembled from bits of wood, discarded surgical instruments and household furnishings—commonplace objects placed in unusual juxtaposition intended to produce instantly recognizable images.

George Thaddeus Saj