Spazuk in his studio finishing "Claire", a portrait of his mother.
Claire, 2012, soot on paper, 65 x 77 in.
Profil, 2012, sot on paper, 28 x 40
Dr. Brenda Milner, 2012, soot on paper, 65 x 77 in
Helmet, 2012, soot on paper, 14 x 20 in
Flying crow, 2012, sot on paper, 20 x 14 in
Human environement, 2012, soot on paper, 28 x 40 in
Smoky profil, 2012, soot on paper, 28 x 40 in
Dancing Danielle, 2012, soot on paper, 28 x 40 in
Influences, 2012, soot on paper, 28 x 40 in

Steven Spazuk
Artist Statement

For the past 10 years, I have developed and perfected a unique technique that allows me to use the flame of a candle or the flame of a torch as a pencil to create my paintings with trails of soot. Using various tools, I intuitively sculpt the plumes of soot left behind in response to the shapes that appear on the canvas.
Spontaneity and chance are the heart and soul of my creative process. I do not censor. I do not direct. I open myself to the experience. This in-the-moment creative practice coupled with the fluidity of the soot, creates a torrent of images, shadows and light. Fuelled by the quest of a perfect shape that has yet to materialize, I concentrate in a meditative act and surrender to capture the immediacy of the moment on canvas.
The human body fascinates me. Bodies in a perpetual metamorphosis are the language with which I express my thoughts on the human condition: emotions, opinions, stories that are born of my uncensored psyche.

I see fragments of things, events, people, as a powerful metaphor of modern life and, even more so, of the way we perceive things through our senses and our minds. My work expresses how every one of us is a constituent fragment of the human community.

(NOTE TO MOCOLOCO: My work has already been published on the web but not these paintings/drawings.)