Introducing Joshua Parkinson
"Artist and currently working as a minor engineer, I live on both intuition and reason, and both creativity and logic. My real concern and path in life, however, lies in the spiritual and mental wellbeing of others, as well as my own spiritual journey. I have been fostering an evolving website and blog/journal for over a year, now housed at eatingpeanuts.com, which has seen me through some amazing personal changes, helped me define where I am now heading, and will soon evolve yet again to serve those purposes of my life.
As a result, my art and writing commonly comes from the same themes, and are similarly tied greatly to myth and symbolism. Myth and ritual, I believe, have a powerful purpose in daily life, and contain limitless meaning arising from our own unconscious. I tap into this deep well when I create.
I am primarily a visual artist, but have a love of the written word as well, and have recently chosen to embrace it again. In fact, my greater intention is to combine the art of the written word with visual art, combining poetry and story with the visual work into a complementary whole. From a child I have had a fascination with writing, but hated to read. I am a slow reader and most of it seemed simply empty anyways. The Chronicles of Narnia was the first set of books to truly capture me, containing such depth and mythic imagination, along with such simply whimsical sensibilities. This is a delicate combination I hope to one day put forth myself.
But my art is largely a vehicle for communication, as well as a personal spiritual tool. When I create a work it is a journey in itself, a spiritual practice whose personal purpose has been served once the work has been completed. It is a practice of focus and thought, working inward and puling out unknowns from the inner depths of the soul. But, nonetheless, it can serve a purpose of communication at the same time once the journey is complete and the work is let go.
I am the Journey-Man
I am the journey-man,
Wandering upon a precarious seat
A journey-man, a wanderer;
Alas, no distance can be traveled,
Maybe one day I can become
And perchance, still,
by Joshua Parkinson 2003