Grind Studio

Zeraph Dylan Moore

Desert Time

On view at Richard Parks Furniture · 5 x 5 in. · $ 52

5” x 5” x 1.5”. Acrylic, textured paper, fired copper and thread on canvas.

When I think of this painting and the strange conjunctions of time and space and matter and feeling that it represents to me, I think about the Carlos Casteñeda books I read as a child and the walks in the desert that Casteñeda took with his spiritual teacher. For me, certain ideas of the weird and wild at the edges of consciousness will always be dressed in the beauty of the Sonora desert as depicted in these books.

“For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”
― Carlos Castañeda, Journey to Ixtlan

Desert Time is a minimalist composition with an earthy yet unique color scheme. A dusty pink color field sits over a gold horizon, filled by a stark piece of weathered and fired copper. Rather than evoking a specific biome, Desert Time references an esoteric transcendence of time and space rendered in desert color.