5-186-8 ISHIKAWACHO, YOKOHAMA 045-641-1511 金-月 13:00-19:00 / FRI-MON 13:00~19:00



05.05.2017 - 05.15.2017

Dark Night of the Soul

A dark night of the soul is an event, be it mundane or profound, which cuts down to the core of one’s being. This event stays with the experiencer until they reach a point of intense insight and clarity. After such an event, often experienced in meditation, prayer or even daily life, crippling doubt among other harsh emotions cling to you, crushing you with their oppressive darkness. A dark path opens up before you and if you wish to find the light you must follow it. This encaustic painting series is an exploration of this existential journey. The solitary path through the dark traced by lights is emblematic of the journey to truth, beauty and insight through doubt and despair that those of us on this path seek.



Personal Statement

From a young age, I have been fascinated with the unseen world. This obsession has manifested in a number of ways throughout the years. Perhaps the most obvious and visceral for me is the constant desire to create.

Creation is the absurd act of plucking something into existence from the ephemeral world. It is perhaps the closest we can get to the divine and for me personally it is a ritualistic form of meditation. Due to this, the majority of my work often takes on a spiritual aspect or is at least deeply inspired by philosophy, mythology and religious ritual.

I work in a variety of mediums and although recently I am primarily working in encaustic painting. I do not consider myself to be an encaustic painter or even a painter in the strict sense. I choose to work with whatever medium best fits the ideas and feelings I have at the time.

Death and the journey of life, the search for truth and beauty, hope, faith, despair and doubt are all common themes in my work. I explore these themes, because they consume my thoughts. By creating with these ideas in mind, I can exorcize them. The things created in this process serve as artifacts of the unseen world and communicate my thoughts and emotions regarding my existence and experience.







Artist Bio

Calvin Burchfiel is an American artist born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in 2006, he entered the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he majored in art studio. After graduation he entered various IT and design related jobs in the midst of the recession. In this time, while not working explicitly in art, he was able to work creatively and also nurture a love for electronics which has an influence on some of his work.

In 2014 Calvin moved to Yokohama, Japan as a conversational English teacher. After a year of settling into a new country, culture, language and job he began a residency program with Koganecho Artist in Residence. As a member of this program he has been working on dark, encapsulating, encaustic night scenes of the area as well as various sculptural elements including masks, decorative items, and electronic kinetic sculpture. Themes he explores in his work often include life, death, truth, beauty, hope, faith, doubt and despair. The imagery and content of his work is often influenced by the philosophical, mythological and religious.