jwarfield.com

is created to share a body of work.
It assembles milestones
– some scholarship, some art, some poetry, some built works –
and some records simply looking for a home. 
The website is a work in progress, as visitors will soon find,
more an outline than a completed work. 
It comes with no manual. 
Explore and return,
for will grow and fill out with time.

The Contents:

exhibits: “stone poems” and “inalterable dreams”
lectures: “poetic champions”
 “primary colors and the postmodern pig”
  books: “roads less traveled”
“vernacular anthem”
These are (or will be) final presentations. 

travels: Borneo, Tibet, Mali, Peru,
Morocco, Nepal, India…..
These are raw data collected
 – photos, sketches and journal accounts.

architecture: Temple Baptist Church, Friends Meeting House
built works, my professional products
yapas: the gifts, the tips, the baker’s dozen
passions and avocations
guests: invited works by colleagues and fellow artists

jwarfield.com is old and new
– order and chaos –
refined shows and raw data.
It is a circle that has no beginning, no end – no entry, no exit.

“All my life’s a circle
And I can’t tell you why
The seasons keep on spinning
The years keep rolling by.”

Harry Chapin wrote these words some 35 years ago. 
We were contemporaries, Harry and I, although we never met.
I admired his poetry and lyrics,
his stories and fables, his integrity and spirit. 
He wrote and sang about ideas and people.
Harry was able paint pictures, spin yarns,
convey ideas, and espouse truths with an economy of words.
Most significantly, he applied these talents
to celebrate the unique character of the common man
and everyday relationships and events.
In my own fashion, I’ve tried to do the same: 
expressing color and texture, character and time,
 through stories and images, words and drawings. 
In an academic setting, where scholarship has been expected,
I’ve more often opted for interpretive works,
“verities in balderdash,”
 finding truth in the tired faces,
time in weathered ruins,
color in indigenous markets,
and texture at the crossroad setting of netherworlds.
 
My experiences have been worldwide,
in cultures more different than one can imagine,
yet more alike than I can explain.
For forty-five years, I’ve expanded my “backyard”
to include the fragmented remains of ancient civilizations,
the vernacular villages and folk treasures of the third world,
and landscapes of the world’s most beautiful
and challenging natural environments,
but always returned home. 
I’ve traded the fresh eyes and energy of youth
for the experience and knowing of age. 
My life has indeed been a circle,
some best work done in youth, some hopefully still ahead.

In its purist form, this website reflects that circle,
a lifelong merry-go-round.
Welcome, I invite you to catch a ring!

Enjoy and explore

jwarfield.com

© 2008 James Warfield. All rights reserved.
Contact: jwarfiel (at) uiuc (dot) edu