The Mission Of Jerry Grasso
Child-like wonder and inquisitiveness are qualities frequently put aside once we become adults. We tend to slowly become sterilized by our right-or-wrong kind of world which too often has too little time to explore the what-if’s and the what-could-be’s. I believe we all need to re-connect with these qualities to re-enrich our lives. A first glance at a photograph of an onion often reveals the fact that, indeed, it is an onion. But what also lies beneath its surface? We won’t know until we peel back its layers. Animation innovator, Walt Disney, recognized this and tried to bring back the power and importance of imagination. Inspired by his spirit, my mission therefore is to encourage the use of viewer imagination. My work attempts to explore and suggest what often lies hidden within the personalities and mysteries present in the world that was, and the world that is around us.
For me, my photography is not so much about the decisive moment. Rather, it is about creating an awareness of place and a sense of history, with an aura of mystery. It is the starting point for my artistic journey, not the destination. I try to use what I produce as personal metaphors for my reactions to what I saw and felt. My favorite motivational quote is that “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” My works attempt to reflect this as I probe the emotional, mind’s eye after-image that was captured by both the eye and the heart, and which often defies logical explanation by the mind.
My goal is that my projects will serve as a springboard into inventiveness and exploration with the hopes of awakening my viewer’s inner child. I will try to do whatever I can to make viewers linger longer in front of my works so as to ignite their imaginative response through discovery and inquisitiveness.