May 9, 2016
February 17, 2016
Left: Adapted Structure, 2015, pencil and watercolor on paper, 30" x 22"
Right: An Epiphany, 2009, pencil and watercolor on paper, 30" x 22"
Artist Statement -
Much of my artwork is inspired by my hometown, New York City. I am curious about the vast built-environment the city provides. I also love hip-hop music. I believe the technique or tradition of looking through countless amounts of old records and looping audio samples is connected to my visual imagery and process. It can be seen in the repetitive patterns and color in my work, and in the extensiveness of architectural decay and renewal found in New York.
I am disabled as well. Born missing four fingers on my right hand, perhaps the result of an amniotic band. I wonder whether this relates to the subject of my work. That I am investigating the idea that architecture or accommodations are a means by which a sense of continuity, security, and identification are expressed. This expression may be a way of hiding undesired or unpleasant facts about the natural world or its natal condition. The balance of nature and human culture are a prevalent topic in my artwork. Visions of their forthcoming relationship feel like a staple theme for the science fiction genre. Some of my work fits into this type of category.
These artworks combine images from disparate places; including New York and beyond. Some of my sources include: personal photographs, other artworks, as well as images from magazines and the Internet. My design process usually begins in Photoshop, arranging pieces from my collected samples I construct a collaged plan. These digital plans are then actualized by hand. For example, in the drawing titled Adapted Structure, 2015, I created an image where the human-made skeletal frame appears to spread as uncontrollably as the ivy-overtaken parts. The mysterious object in the horizon and artwork's title, which does not refer to one "controlled" structure, evokes speculation on acclimatization between different forms and something surreal.