Why Do I create Art? To remind people of their humanity.
Throughout my journey creating art, I have worked in a variety of mediums: glass, paper, canvas and wood. The materials are of a diverse nature, they are the surfaces as well as depths of renderings: forms, lines and shapes. There are also the stories that emerge from these environments: stories about identity, love, compassion, anger, sensitivity and of being human.
My art has been an assemblage of re-purposed materials, as in my series titled Deconstruction Memories were I utilize roller skates, pocket watches, camera lenses and clarinets to create fragmented compositions of expressive lyrical movement. Explosions of saturated energy overpower the rigid stability of a rectangular space, establishing bold and shifting perspectives that constantly offer more to be discovered.
I approach my canvas like that of a worn plaster wall. Layers of papers of repeatedly glued announcements that are torn and weathered from sun, wind and rain, peeling away — exposed. This is where I start my art process. This wall is obscured and hidden from the viewer. I find it to be mysterious. I see in it the richness and colors of the Faceless. It speaks to me.
My collage paintings are made of diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines. Moon-shaped eclipses rotate counter-clockwise, woven together with worn, scribbled messages that keep the eye constantly moving. The reflective energy of vinyl plays to the illusion of shapeshifting through the tiniest of light; it moves and flickers refusing to settle down. The vinyl pulls the canvas away from the wall at the same time drawing the viewer in.
Suspiciously lurking in the shadows is paper — exploding in volume, texture and form. Its repetitive nature adds dimension and distinctive details; it complements my geometrical sense of balance. It offers a juxtaposition between meditative and aggressive, a bridge between brittleness and fluidity.
Faceless Melodies embody the street musician, the religious frantic and the homeless. Their voices echo emotional agitation and sensitivity, often through music. Balanced, repetitive curves reveal more physical form, gritty texture, and sharp bold color, while speaking to us with compassion and love. Who is orchestrating this music? “I am homeless.” Layered surfaces unzip and gently peel away, revealing the spiritual transformation — the heart and determination of individuals who have become invisible.
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