Category Archives: painting

Transmorphing Utopia

“To transmorph is for something to pose as what it is not, and actively perform that it is something else until it is more beneficial to shift to another entity. Transmorphing is a state of mimicry, a carefully devised illusion that caters to overt and covert desires of consumers. It is a facade; for something to pretend to be what it is not in ways that shift between the obvious and the subtle and are largely dependent on situational circumstances. This is a result of the demand for a transmorphed item to exist regardless of how that item comes into formation”…

“The questions that drove the Transmorphing Utopia body of work are intentionally left open, and Waddell encourages audiences to develop their own response, and then to question everything about it. What he has proposed is for viewers to approach the work with more consideration, more discomfort, more uncertainty, more skepticism, fewer expectations–and to act on those feelings through the realization of one’s own autonomy as a viewer and allow over time for the art and oneself to transmorph through direct confrontation.”

Chelsea Coon,Excerpt from her introduction to “Those are Dark and Disgusting Values, But What are You Left With?” the interview we conducted together for my book Transmorphing Utopia.

Transmorphs from the book Transmorphing Utopia Photos:Christian Alvarez

From the book Transmorphing Utopia




©2016 Paul Waddell, © 2016 not a cult all rights reserved.

“Synesthesia” Opening  @5cargarage April 9th,2016

Portraits will be on view in “Synesthesia” a group exhibition at Five Car Garage.

   Copyright, Paul Waddell, 2016

Click the  link for the press release and more info about “synesthesia” and Five Car Garage.

Opening reception Saturday,April 9,2016 2-4pm

See you there.

Fishers Island Paintings

Doodle Journalism Town portraits

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Sun Paintings, These paintings are produced by tracing the window frame as the sun passes across the sky. These are the phenomenological experience of the light on Fishers Island

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LA PAINTING’s Stacks /stuff on top of everything / circular achievement/paintings 2014-mid 2015


stuff on top of everything, stacks on top of: all my work on top of my other work . Ideas ,images and methods   A collapse of linear taste for time and a game of embracing circular achievement .

Everything at once or at random separate or stacked  by an imagined free willing  self.

it is as real as what is imagined or it is nothing