Daniel Patrick Helmstetter, The Slumberous Antiquity in Us (detail). Enamel on birch, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
The Slumberous Antiquity in Us is a body of work exploring what is old inside. On a macro level, it ponders the absurdity of living in the year Two Thousand and Fourteen when humans have been on Earth for hundreds of thousands of years. What have we forgotten? What interests does it serve to fuel this disconnection? On a micro level, the series explores what it’s like to work through old wounds that create patterns of subtle underlying influence on our behavior. What is it like to address our old inner junk?
Daniel Patrick Helmstetter is a poet with a paintbrush based in New Jersey. Rather than an image on a canvas, his work is a poetic spark of an excavated emotion, engaging the viewer and inviting them to paint the picture themselves.