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John Henry Maldonado

Artist Statement

It is not easy embarking on our quest to reach our dreams. The idea of claiming our freedom and cutting loose from the strings that dictate and manipulate our lives can seem impossible. The judgments from our social circles can at times cloud our thoughts and create overwhelming feelings of self-doubt. The hardest part of any beginning is making the decision to dive into the unknown. Once we have taken that first step to jump and while free falling the only thing that we can hold on to is our faith and our resolution that no matter how hard we land or how broken we might feel, we will take those pieces and create something new, we will reinvent ourselves. All these decisions, failures, mistakes and accomplishments create a chain reaction in the universe. It creates an echo that travels through the vastness of other realms, and like a boomerang it brings back information and confirmation that the silence we sometimes experience is actually forcing us to take action and to face our fears one way or another.

Now, standing outside the box and looking into my world from the outside, I can clearly see that every experience, every broken piece and shattered dream and all those endless days and nights twisting and turning, wondering if I would ever feel my purpose; those were the forces of the universe pushing me into the unknown so that I could dive into my own fears to test my will; so that I could walk in darkness and find within me the courage to rise above by turning sorrow into light.

I bring forth visions of New Worlds; realms beyond this three dimensional plane, worlds that can only be access when our hearts are truly open and free of self-doubt and our minds unplugged from the noise around us. I wish you see through my eyes and from the perspective of our inner child this beautiful discovery, beings that exist in the smallest of universe; a drop of INK.