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Looking back at your life, most people can identify a few individuals that have in some way dramatically impacted and influenced the direction of their lives. I have a handful of these people that have played a huge roll in my life to include my parents, children and my Photography Professor at East Carolina University. I recently had the pleasure of attending his art exhibition “Manifesting” at the Emerge Gallery in Greenville, North Carolina. I was in for a rare treat and surprise to see that my former photography professor also is an accomplished artist in his own right.
However about 1991, my life changed direction. I surrendered my Atlanta photo studio and returned to my Greenville studio, which I was sharing with the artist, Dee Morris. My studio partnership evolved into the collaboration which resulted in the birth of Henry Delia – see “Henry Delia” statement. It was also around that time that I met a writer, Julie Fay, who had a house in the south of France; and in 1993 she and I married and gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Zoe Fay-Stindt. These two events were the impetus for my resuming my heartfelt and liberating work as a Fine artist.
Zoe was about three when she first came and sat on my lap, picked up a pencil, and proceeded to help me with my drawing. This was the point in the life of my artworks where I started seeking intrusions in order to send my creative inquiries ricocheting into a variety of new directions. Because of that, I now approach working on a new piece without any predetermination of its direction or resolution.
I select my subject, my composition, and my media without any design or preconception. I welcome visual situations that create a problematic arena for me to explore. The final product of this intuitive adventure continues to surprise and engage me. Once I start working, it is not long before I lose myself to the process; the piece itself seems to guide me to the resolution of its true form.
For example I started “Three, Diverse Artifacts” by casually placing distinctly unrelated objects on a piece of reflective board and photographing them. I used only their physical relationship to each other and the reflective surface, to guide me. Once printed on Fine Art paper, I began to reinterpret the situation with whatever media seemed appropriate for that moment. It was as if I was sensing hidden forces as keys to releasing their forms; allowing them to emerge and come alive on the paper’s surface.
In 1993 Arlington Hall Gallery of Greenville NC hosted an exhibition entitled, “The Art of Henry Delia: A Collaboration.” The following is quoted from this exhibition’s statement.
Initially, their efforts showed up like traditional collaborations, each working separately on their own individual pieces, while sharing a common theme. Given their willingness to be open to whatever form “collaboration” might take, they were not too surprised to shortly find themselves working side by side on the same paintings, with absolutely no conversation about the paintings.
Out of that leap in collaboration the work took off in many new directions; large scale canvases, video and photographic documentation of the painting process, computer imaging of the emerging forms, and finally, but most profoundly, the declaration of Henry Delia as a new creative being.
Dee Morris and Henry Stindt were working as one, not merely sharing space or a canvas, but stylistically and philosophically creating surprising new images—images that neither one of them could have possibly generated as individuals. As observed by a gallery curator in her visit to the studio, “these paintings don’t look like they were worked on by two different people.”
In the center of this exhibition I have hung two of the last images created by Henry Delia. These images and the whole Henry Delia experience marked a turning point for me as an artist; it re-ignited in me the passions associated with the adventure of Art. It was the point of departure for all of the other works displayed in the current exhibition.
This exhibition will be on display until September 27th