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Art & Life with Aaron Landman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Landman.

Aaron, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was painfully shy as a kid and struggled to find ways to express myself. I had an active imagination but never identified myself as an artist. Art was something foreign to me, a thing bearded and magical people did in exotic places. When I learned my grandmother was a painter, she helped demystify the process of painting on canvas. However, she never showed her paintings publicly, and no one outside her immediate family ever saw her work. Somehow that unconsciously solidified the idea that art was something one did as a hobby – certainly not as a career. Once I hit my early twenties, my shyness and insecurity started to become more profound and debilitating. I felt an impending need to release all the pent up emotional angst, which I found more and more difficult to contain. I began painting with my grandma as a distraction to the noise in my head, but I quickly found the creative process opened an infinite playground, where my shyness and insecurity ceased to exist. I fell in love with the person I became in that creative space, and I wanted to spend more and more time there.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
In the playground of art, I felt bold and confident, articulate and conversational – which was a vast contrast to my daily life. Painting gave me a chance to work through any insecurities and fears I had about myself, and reveal that vulnerable part of me in a public way. It’s my meditation and my therapy.

I have stations set up in my studio where I paint with acrylic and watercolor or use encaustic wax, and on occasion assemble three-dimensional paper reliefs. With the paper reliefs, I usually use repetitive symmetry surrounding a central point, or doorway, signifying passing through something new, or unknown. I also have been painting maze, and labyrinths, where dead ends and connecting lines become metaphors for my friends and relationships.

Art for me is about creating a dance, a flow, and expressing something positive that can inspire me. Every blank canvas is a journey – and I wrestle with tension and balance. At its most basic, I hope people are intrigued by the art and have a brief moment where they’re not thinking about their worries and fears in life, and I ultimately hope people are inspired to find ways to bring more passion and beauty into their own lives.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
Since the beginning of art, I think artists have either reflected the world as it is or inspired it with a new perspective. I think they have been doing that for millennia. Our imagination is incredible, and great artists view the world through different lenses bringing attention to great achievements as well as destructive behaviors. Occasionally, an artist can look into the future and envision a world that has yet to be lived.

Personally, I don’t view my art as being political or commenting on any international events, but rather focusing on the universal themes of balance, inclusion, and respect.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can visit my website or Instagram.



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