Samuel Staffan is a Russian born, American raised artist. Staffan focuses on the exploration of our relationship to the natural world, the passing of time and the fragility of memory. Using a range of techniques from a self-developed method of layering and tearing rice paper as a way of “adding some time” onto the paintings, to working on Japanese papers while they are completely saturated with water, to printmaking with custom built relief prints, materiality and texture play a huge role in the work. Using these layered and weathered surfaces the paintings become a pursuit to examine the most extreme fringes of human’s relationship to time, trying to find the eternal, the transient and the infinite in nature. The hazy, half-remembered depictions of the natural world evokes a melancholic spirit but still manage to remain optimistic and hopeful.