When one looks into the beautifully unexpected and intricate art of Raymond Papka, there is no doubt that it is derived from the science in his own life. Papka completed undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming (B.S. Zoology and Chemistry) and graduate studies at Tulane University (Ph.D. Anatomy and Neuroscience). Raymonds’s incredibly unique assemblages of paint and embellishments elude to a technical and scientific narrative.
This art is created by use of physical and visual systems. The artist uses everyday discarded objects to arrange and create his art. This process has also turned into his alteration of books which consists of a process where he cuts tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, drills, and bolts. The book is manipulated until it becomes a 3-dimensional work of art. Beyond books, Raymond also engages in Enthusiastic Painting. This is a variation of an incredibly ancient painting technique where beeswax is melted with resin and color pigments are added. Once the wax hardens, it is fused with fire and brilliant and beautiful work begins.
Raymond is not so concerned with his viewer completely understanding his art as he is with them questioning what is going on. The mantra of his Artist’s Statement is that the only thing constant is change. As artists and Art enthusiasts, change can be different for us all. He has a fresh and modern theme in and behind his work that gives him a realistic outlook and enables him to look forward and perpetuate his work into interesting and wonderful places.