There are times when you are searching for written material to support one’s thoughts and then you realize they are only your thoughts and you need to be the one to share them.
In my work/life I am continually searching for why and how people and myself are classified by the packaging we were born into.
Ism’s shape our self image and the slot we are put into in society.
The ism list fill volumes and contain atrocities beyond my comprehension yet some of the ism’s that surround me in a 1st world country are:
Sexism, racism, classism, ageism, genderism, economicism, attractivnessism, socialism, eductionism and many more…..Yes I know several examples are not not real words but the stereotyping exists.
Those born with the packaging that has the predominant strength of their environment are shielded or maybe the better word is blinded by their own protection.
I am not trying to make a point of alter your viewpoint. I just continue my search for the being hiding just being the facade.
Many Artist have a size that works best for them and their work and todays size may very well not be tomorrow’s size. That being said the last few months I have been working small…. 5x7ish small.
I find there to be something very intimate both working and viewing small works.
Either as a viewer or the artist small works required you to be close. The work gradually seeps into the crannies of your brain, nurturing a dialogue. The work does not bowl you over as you step into a room, it is more like a whisper in the shadows that begs you to come closer, closer, closer…
“You are walking down the street, on the subway, in the market. Depending on your proximity you are ever so briefly a part of the private communication of strangers. Subconsciously a whole story line is built around the snippets of an overheard segment of a conversation”
This series is built on one random isolated page out of a book. I people the page with drawn figures and photographs I take to create a story assumption based on the slice of a story.
The Face “IT” series duplicates the many layered process of assimilating the title wave of world news that envelops us. Volumes of information flood over us in a continuous onslaught leaving little time to digest the information.
The base layer of these works are a collage of a total newspaper article that has had an impact on me. Metaphorically I begin to digest the story by cutting the article up and gluing it to the board. In the finished product the viewer sees a snippets of the story.
Paint applied with a pallet knife records my initial reaction to the information. Finishing the processing I returning to a paper source collecting images and collage over the paint
There are as many opinions as there are artists on how much of your work you should share on social media. Over saturation, copying, trivializing of work verses exposure, building an audience….ECT. It is a BIG discussion.
I have mentioned it before, process is a BIG interest of mine, so at the risk of over saturation I continue to share my process.
The last week or so a new direction has been brewing. I had to spend the morning creating the initial thought…… that is all this image is a thought for a direction. Not everything is a completed work….It now is tacked on the wall like last years XMass card to percolate.
I classify myself as a multi medium artist because I use the medium that most easily speaks to what I am trying to express. Artist are always asked what/who has made the biggest impression on your work. I have always found this to be a very difficult question to answer…and the answer “DEPENDS” is really rather a poor way out. The more I ponder this question my answer often returns to “The work of photographers”. A talented photographer is able to capture raw emotion and freeze it in time creating some of the most powerful and moving images/ stories for me.
Much of my photography work is of 2D work I have created and manipulated. My paper clay masks continue to turn up in my work in various forms.
The essence of our soul is where we reside,
Our identity is where we publicly hide.
We slip and slide from side to side,
And sometimes just go inside
We rotate up and topple down
Morphing with the ebb and flow.
These photographs have been intentionally blurred taking away many of our preconceived tools for reading a facial expression. Leaving you to question your judgments on a subconscious level.
This is a series of works on small boards that started 2 years ago.
The small boards are covered in carefully chosen cut up newspaper article that caught my interested. Most were from the NY papers.
The loosely painted faces were applied using a palette knife that reflected my initial reaction to the article.
At the time I did not quite know how to move them forward and I packed them away.
I brought them out recently with fresh eyes.
The last couple of years of collage work was the added component needed to continue the thought process on these works.
This work is much less introverted and much more extroverted.
Allowing the viewer to interject themselves into the work.