I am an artist that values, above all, the ability of art to move me emotionally and psychically. I make art that makes me question, that derives its power from being vulnerable to interpretation, that is intuitive, that is beautiful.
– April Gornik
For over 25 years, this has been my artist’s statement. It was true then, and it’s true now. I want my work to do the work of communicating what I'm doing. But for years, even before I wrote this, people have been asking me if i were making art in response to our long-standing environmental crisis.
I have always loved nature. It’s fundamental to my spiritual being, and helps me locate and define myself in the world, and that is central to my work itself. Nature is everything I am not, the ultimate Other. I also deeply believe in safeguarding life other than ours, that of plants and animals, and that we should be sharing, not overwhelming, the earth.
If someone interprets my work as being a protest against our destructive behavior, or an attempt to get people to look outside themselves or see themselves as part of nature rather than having an anthropocentric view, I’m happy to have encouraged that.