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Mike Odden

Mike Odden

I taught high school art in Holdingford, Mn for 31 years, retiring in 1999. When teaching I spent much time working on themes that many times, I now realize expressed the pain of loosing my father at the age of 10, then my Grandparents a few years later and my mother. I became involved in a dark fantasy side of art.

I became lost and quit making art.

After a hiatus of 10 years of making art.  Since I restarted in 2014 I have been using acrylic on canvas .   Using bright colors and hard edge lines and shapes to create mind maps, I think of mental dancing of the mind, that appear as endless convolutions of organic shapes that represent complex labyrinths with no end.  Each work is a celebration of line and color from my inner consciousness. It begins with the first color and first stroke.

Through a form of meditation I allow myself to create a stream of consciousness that is free flowing where unconscious decisions are made as to choices of color and shape.  The paintings consist of thousands of organo-morphic shapes that are a consideration of the interior of the human body and its connections to primordial forms of life. Further, concepts lie beneath the surface, stemming from diverse interests, including, philosophy, faith, cosmology and biology.  These concepts are then processed through my own personal absurdities, dreams and metaphors.

I find using this process of painting to be exceptionally peaceful to my mind, exploring new actions thro ugh the movement of brush and color to create organic compositions, creating inner life within each work. 

My art is taking me exploring in the depths of my mind, finding ways to bring to the surface by the paint strokes different solutions to resolve issues within the painting.   As I come to a decision point of which path to choose to go forward  the strokes commit the selection.  Completion seems to come naturally when the painting tells me to stop and all is in balance.

Carl Jung writes “ self is an  encompassing whole,  which acts as a container symbolized by a circle, a square, or an intricate mandala or labyrinth. “ 

I have been influenced directly and indirectly by many artists throughout  my lifetime notably by artists like Kurt Hundertwasser, Ad Reinhardt, Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Gustav Klimt

Mike Odden
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