Dan Molyneux

Equality, human rights, shared domain; cynical terms that evade human civilization. Terms that we aspire to, and only achieve in fits and starts. My years working in conflict zones and studying linguistics and history led my artwork away from biographical expression. Orwell’s quote “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” is reaffirmed daily in the political consciousness. A simple line from a children’s book, hoping to make adults that can actually forge a free and equal world for every single breathing soul. Every waking moment I look for the equality I was promised as a child; in the ceramics studio I happen to find it in the geometrical, the mathematical, and in the micro and macrocosm. Motifs distant from the sanctimony of human nature. I find it in the elemental symbols that trace alongside human history, and in the building blocks of cosmic matter that both precede us and will far outlast us.
Attempts to express the universal is often regarded as a disassociation from everyday life and the world around us, but this oversimplifies the complex relationship geometry has to the perceptible world: a visual language with a deep-rooted sense of ecology. There is an immense network of connections between all existence that echoes within abstraction. My sculpture explores abstracted compositions of elemental form that allude to that very same ecological standpoint.