"My art is trying to atone for any neglect or lack of self-awareness throughout my life, either internally or externally."
The underlying theme of my art is all about ripping away any preconceived ideas of conventionality. Creating abstract art, by abstract means. Un-afraid. Politically and emotionally charged.
Dino Kiss is a piece about the conditioned love of a mother. Her serpent hair represents fertility and her lines represent wisdom. Proud of her title. Her hands are held and crossed as she blows a gentle kiss to her young. As perfect as she may seem, the empty space in her head represents her lack of thought and mental engagement. As her young is looking up, unknowingly unseen, desiring to be acknowledged and cared for on a grander level.
I want my pieces to express tolerance for and evoke unconventional ways of thinking and seeing. To allow your creative mind to take you on a journey of self-reflection, acceptance, understanding and friction as you look deeper into your interpretation. I enjoy painting imaginative pieces that ask you to think more critically about the story I am trying to tell and the messages being sent.
Black and blue.
Black and blue is a political expression of the sociological struggles within the free world today. Asking you to look deeper for subtlety in introspection and composition. The pure pain resonating from a broken system that has failed our society. Not contingent of sides, but rather truth of experience. The experience of so many minorities in our world is bloody and shatters the once dreamt of hope for equality among the masses. This is a reminder for humanity to not turn a blind eye.
I want to ask the jury, what do you see and how does it play together to make a bigger picture? How is irony at play? Yearning to develop a deeper perspective within the onlooker. How do your preconceived ideas affect your interpretation? Does your visceral reaction hinder or aid in your level of understanding? What is hiding? What are you seeking? As an artist I take my time in the creative process. This allows me to approach my pieces free of restraints or incentive, only pure outlet.
I am very color-centric in my art, which marries the idea of unconventionality.
Much of my work is about expressing very personal, sociological, political, psychological and emotional experiences in the modern world as an American. Showing the intolerances and boundaries crossed, and / or the beauty in the process of growth after failure.
I have always strived in my life to express myself free of any expectation. Free of the critics’ classification. Free of this idea of control through credibility. Sometimes successful and sometimes not, through these accolades of expression it’s where I learn about my tolerance and boundaries.
I am very color-centric in my art, which marries the idea of unconventionality. As there are so many different shades of color close to one another that may or may not be traditionally used together.
Screaming fish is a piece fueled by emotional suppression. The lack of being heard and silenced by the drowning noise around you. The irony of how perfectly your voice carries and how pleasant your voice is, still unheard. Still unseen while underwater. The depth of your sounds only resonate with the fish, reminding you that drowning is also swimming.
Years and years of people-pleasing, turning my back on myself, naïve judgements, harsh criticisms, and sacrificing my authenticity to bare the fruit of acceptance from others, is the fuel to my art.
This is a political piece about government interference. How the changes in our world are affected by the elite who feed on the bottom dwellers. The very foundation of our world is drowning in a frenzy of a torn identity. Who is more fit? Who has the golden ticket? If you succumb you shall rise into an identity that is acceptable. No mask required.
I believe using different variations of color allow for a more intricate composition and depth of storytelling. Allowing the color and placement to bring the story to life.
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Wild horses is about taking grand leaps into the unknown and blending in with your surroundings. Not letting such baron terrain scare you from engulfing yourself into the cracks of society. That maybe within those cracks are treasures to be sought and wisdom to be praised.
When looking at one of my creations, I ask myself what does this really mean to me? What part of my subconscious crept in and played an integral role in its fruition? Therapeutic in its delivery, I free myself to let go and uncover what was once buried inside.
This piece is about the 30 days leading up to 9/11. A moment cut out in time. The innocent state of blindness, not knowing the road ahead will devastate so many New Yorkers. The arms of the concrete man are reaching high trying to shield them from terror. In loving memory of all the beautiful people who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. You are remembered.