Seeing some of the amazing and creative works of art being produced by so many artists today, I marvel at the fact that schools spend so little money and time on developing this extraordinary skill in our youth. Experiencing the works of these gifted men and women enriches our lives, causing us to ponder life’s intricacies and imagine the amazing possibilities that can emerge from the human mind with time and contemplation.
One such amazing artist, Jim Dingilian, favors us with his extraordinary talent of turning ordinary objects, such as old wooden school desks, discarded cans and remarkably, found glass bottles, into works of art. Using a complex and painstaking process referred to as “subtraction”, Dingilian fills these abandoned, empty bottles with candle smoke, and then, etches, out of the soot, intricate landscapes depicting scenes of places in which these bottles could have been found. To say the products of his endeavors are astounding is such an understatement as to be inadequate to describe his bottle art. The talent it must take to create such unparalleled art is quite difficult to understand, and the temporary nature of his smoky creations bring to mind the fleeting quality of human memories.