Robert Tidwell is an artist, writer, and activist in the Inland Empire.
By using items that are easily accessible, I create a multimedia experience which investigates the connection between mysticism and art making. My art analyzes our existence as spiritual beings by critiquing and celebrating various aspects of human spirituality and the role it plays in our evolutionary development. Spirituality is an odd area for an atheist to work but I have grappled with trying to understand my spiritual self since a young age, and no religious institution or sacred text has resonated with me as deeply as the process of creation has.
Whether working in music, writing, or visual art, I get lost in the noise and chaos of my inner self. I try to hone in on an emotional thread that leads to the “eye of the storm” where I’m able to fixate and focus on turning the inner noise into serenity. This is where the art happens. I find the chord that strikes within me and let intuition take control. My art becomes something even I was not expecting because problem solving and improvisation become driving factors in the moment. I can’t predict what will resonate with me until I am in the moment. I explore different mediums so that I am constantly learning something new and surprising myself. The moment when something unexpected happens and I have to adjust is when I really begin to understand what a piece will be.
Although my work tends to have a quite somberness, the loud clamoring of music fuels it’s creation. Music is always at the center of my art even when I’m working in a medium that does not incorporate sound. The energy and rhythm of drums, the tension of a throbbing bass and the often shouted vocals of punk and hip hop groups cultivate my desire to be heard.