Jeremy Herrmann

I am an explorer of an internal universe, a place where mythology intersects personal memory. My paintings and drawings are maps and microcosms of that universe. In my strange worlds, awkward heroes troubled by the darkness of their mind labor for redemption, search for transformative substances and ultimately achieve metamorphosis. The universe is drawn from an idea about mysticism, where numinous confrontations catalyze transformations.
I paint on canvas and paper with oil and water based paint, pencils, crayons, and pastels. The palettes I arrive at have a visceral emotional effect within me, and if successful I feel unsettled. Ideally the colors are beautiful and seductive despite flirtations with the unpleasant. I strive to discover and refine colors that evoke the emotions embodied by the subjects of my paintings. I want to articulate those colors with such a specificity that they could almost have a smell. Often these colors are not dissimilar to the color patterns of poisonous plants, venomous snakes and flesh when threatened or aroused. My subjects include doorways, vessels, running figures, headless figures, psychedelic states and substances, beehives, ships, heroes, and rattlesnakes. I use these subjects to communicate themes of sexuality, abundance, discovery, individuality, growth, courage, cowardice, decay, madness, temptation and anxiety.