Chris Watts in the Ramp Gallery, May 29–June 26, 2018

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We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
-George Bernard Shaw

Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable.
Without it, life just doesn’t taste good.
-Lucia Capacchione

When we were children, we were filled with a sense of wonder, joy and an innocent curiosity about the world around us. And then as we began to walk through life, something happened; that spark within us slowly became dimmer. What if you were told this flame is still there, waiting for you; calling you?

Why do we stop playing as we move through life? Why do we let growing up hinder us from playing? Why aren’t there playgrounds built for adults just as much as kids?

You don’t have to be a child to experience the wonders of play, nor do you have to be an artist; sometimes artists forget that their work is play too! We become too rigid when we don’t create time to play. This is what this exhibition touches upon. The play of shapes, dancing into form, creating a playground filled with joy and movement. These are the joys of playing!

In the long run, what Chris says about this exhibition has nothing to do with him, but everything to do with you, the viewer; experiencing the work. You are the instrument, you are the key, never lose that flame within, and please, don’t forget to PLAY!

Listen to the artist talk about their work

About Chris Watts 

Creation and Expression. What do they mean, and why are they so important? Since the dawn of time, we began to express what we as human beings felt, saw, and heard. From this need we began to create music, incredible structures, tell stories, even reality as we know it. When we take a moment to create and express our various truths, what we are essentially doing is healing parts of ourselves, and others that reach far beyond what our eyes can see. And this is where creation and expression take the stage.

Creation is essential to who we are and where we’re headed, a world oriented in matters of healing the Soul. Visions like Michael Jackson’s Heal the World, thus expressing and healing our inner worlds, to create a more compassionate world around us. This is why Chris became an Artist, to create and express what words cannot say, to create work that inspires people to search for this beauty; inside and outside of themselves.

Creation and Expression is what will continue to propel us forward, and if we can help people understand that they shape their outerworld, by changing what’s happening inside; it is only then can we collectively make a difference. This is why Chris is grateful to be in a position to express and create what lies within him. Using his voice to inspire and activate the limitless compassionate Creator inside of everyone. Chris hopes his work will inspire individuals and the collective to create with reverence, inner peace, and compassion, leading us all to a brighter world.

Chris Watts

IG: @the.creationist

Image courtesy of Chris Watts