The cerebral paintings of Cody Seekins blend amorphous, psychedelic figures and elements of pop culture. The artist’s focus and psychological exploration within each work is not only evident in the complexity of each one, but also his accompanying narratives and context he provides when sharing a new piece.
“As I clear my conscious mind through meditation it peels away to reveal the vast unconscious dimensions of a greater being,” he says. “Because this awareness produced in me a natural affinity for eastern thought I refer to my works as ‘Jātaka Tales’ or simply ‘Jātakas.’ I see the challenges, enigmas, sentiments, and ephemera of my experience as similar to the historical 3rd person Jātaka narratives of Gautama Buddha prior to his enlightenment. The term ‘Budgie-Sattva’ within my oeuvre is an appropriation combining the word budgie (parrot) with ‘bodhisattva,’ or one who is still on the path toward perfect awareness.”
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. . "Phra Nang Farang" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 20", 2014 . . “Phra Nang Farang” employs a collection of impressions related largely to my experiences in the Krabi region of Thailand near the “Phra Nang” peninsula. The term “Farang” in Thai means a foreign or non-Thai person. In addition this psychological incarnation exists as an embodiment of one seeking pleasure through the senses. The figure is wading in a warm bath of tropical waters, sporting an octopus tattoo as limestone parrot-faced islands set in repose against the background. The scene darkens toward the horizon, emphasizing the illumination of the figure and expressing the syncopation of both sun and shade in the Thai wet season. A beach ball drifts mid-water inviting play. . . #beach #islands #thailand #southeastasia #parrots #parakeets #budgies #octopus #tattoo #popsicle #psychedelic #surrealpainting #beachball #boy #swimming #tropical