I believe that there are different sides of me when it comes to making. Graphic design doesn’t really inform anything within the process of picture making for me. If there would be any connection, I feel that as an artist you must have an understanding of one’s self and sensibilities when it comes to using material. As a designer, having a certain sensibility in the way in which you problem solve through visual solutions is also quite necessary.
I believe that found material and its role within the make-up of my work is super important being that these materials memorialize the object that I’m making. Particular narratives can arise when working with materials in that way.
Rubber has a level of elasticity to it. When working with the weight/thickness of rubber that I'm using, gravity plays a huge role in how it sits. How tight and or loose the rubber is when stretched plays an enormous part, as well as the type of incisions I make within the material. Rubber begins to do its own thing to a certain degree. Therefore, it’s for me to understand it’s position and work between the confines of what it naturally wants to do and what I want it to do. You're right - I’m not really interested in fully controlling the material. I’m more interested in finding a sense of harmony with the material.
My historical references more so lie within the Abstract Expressionist movement amongst maybe Minimalism, and my interest in Brutalism. I'm certainly not worried about keeping up with the current times. I am however thinking about Futurist themes in how to make work that speak to a distant past yet a resilient future.
I think about narrative a lot when it comes to titling works. I believe exhibitions of mine are chapters within my life and that maybe my relationship with story telling revolves around that. I never really intend to tell stories through my work. I more so want my contribution to art to exist as visual commentary to things that happened in the past, present, and future.
I’d always place painting at the forefront of art production. There’s a physicality alongside a spiritual experience within making and viewing paintings. To me, there aren’t many other processes that exist which can trump that experience. Then again, I’m a painter so I may be being bias.
I don’t look at myself as just a painter. I really see myself as a maker. With that in mind I have a lot of different concerns pertaining to other media that I’d like to confront. These other areas of making do allow me to deal with those concerns in different ways. When allowing myself that freedom certain process start to inform others and think that’s what excites me the most.
Not at all. Starting a furniture company for me is a way for me to have a conversation with furniture and or design objects that came before me. It also allows me a way to engage with different audiences in an affordable way.
Not at the moment. I recently decided to start praying before I work. Giving thanks to The Creator for allowing me the opportunity to create.
This show will display my thinking over the last year, my interest in the ready-made, and how that’s informed my painting.
I love the fact that I can visually deal with things I’m going through whether it be spiritually or emotionally - or ideals I’m working my through about the world we live in within the act of painting. It becomes a humbling experience if you let go enough and I find myself wanting to give more and more thanks to The Most High for allowing me this space being that He is the ultimate Creator.