Art is a means of making sense of and communicating about human experience. It is an emotional, intellectual and spiritual exploration, spanning idea and emotion, form and color.

The series of Buddhas was a response to wrenching deaths of many close friends early in the AIDS epidemic, but also a tribute to the full-hearted responses of individuals and communities who filled the gaps with hope and care while presidents and governments ignored the crisis. Iconic Buddhist forms blend with references to western and other culture, contemporary and past.

Yogis -- a series of intentionally raw and incomplete figures -- reminds that the yoked body and mind, however fragile and imperfect, is our only tool to shape this brief flash of life. Some works celebrate beauty and sensuality, while others, such as San Francisco Chess, are affectionate social and political satire.

World events shaped sobering and painful reminders of human fallibility and strife: Nine-One-One followed the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001; Mars is a mute statement to the reactions of nations in turmoil.

Memory consists of suites of serial monotypes stimulated by my observations, both professionally as a physician and personally as a family member, of normal and impaired memory. These printmaking experiments reflect how memory stitches together moments of narrative; how it shapes enduring categories, epitomes and ideals; how its distortions embellish life stories. In its utter failure, memory offers forth only fragmentary experience of this current moment.

My focus on forms of the physical body and its binding to spirit and mind derives as much from training in art as in medicine and psychiatry. In each I have learned to observe.

Charles H. Stinson, 2005