Here are some images of one of the more recent pieces I created. In this work, I began to incorporate more aspects of the 3D sculptural forms by adding the pressence of open wounds, which I first used within those pieces.
More pieces are in the works currently! To be continued.
With the first draft of my thesis paper finally done, I can finally begin to focus more of my energy back into the creation of the artwork. For the new work I am going to create, I look to keep working on a 2-D surface while starting to bring in more of the features/characteristics I worked with in the 3-D sculptures - for example, the presence of scars and deformities.
While receiving feedback during the January residency, I began to see that certain features of the
3-D work addressed the themes of the grotesque and horror more effectively compared to the 2-D pieces. Knowing I wanted to keep the means of a 2-D surface, I had to then begin to question how I can bridge the gap of articulating my themes more appropriately. I had generated a sense of beauty in the 2-D prints (an aspect I was looking to do), but now needed to bring in more of the horror tone that is pivotal to my work.
During this January residency, I had the privilege of taking the class Word and Image for my elective seminar. On the first day in class, I was given the assignment to generate 30 words over the course of the residency. These words should embody or be incorporated with my own work and practice to some extent. I would then use these 30 words to generate some kind of spoken response to a series of images that would play behind me.
I decided that I wanted to use this activity to begin to strengthen my writing practice. I took the words and created a short, poem that I think embodies not only some of the themes in my work, but also me as a person.
The first word I came up with was DEVOTED, and that is what I chose to call my poem. (The bolded are my generated words.)
DEVOTED to this concept of SACRIFICE. DEVOTED to find a BEAUTY in TRANSFORMATION.
It is an ONTOLOGY of self.
INSIDE. OUTSIDE. An ONGOINGNESS to EXPLORE various FRAGMENTS and TERRITORIES of my own EXISTENCE,
which until recently have been a mere MYSTERY.
CURIOSITY has lead me to SURRENDER to this AMORPHOUS JOURNEY.
NOSTALGIA and DESIRE for the GOOFBALL that I use to be.
It is an ENDURANCE, A REGENERATIVE CLEANSE.
A PROGRESS to PARTICIPATE in a MEDITATIVE SPIRAL of this QUESTIONING of self.
I know this exploration is FLEETING.
The DREAMS I have are coming true.
So I will continue to be DEVOTED to this JOURNEY,
because I’m starting to see that GOOFBALL that I use to be.
For this coming semester, I wanted to write up an artist statement that incorporated not only my work from this past semester (Fall 2016), but also began to look at the whole body from the entirety of the program. This statement also helps setup a thesis and them that I will be using to generate my artist talk in June.
Semester 3 Artist Statement
“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” Cormac McCarthy
Continuing with the work I presented during the June residency, this new body is a further development into my process with the technique of papier maché. Abandoning the sculptural aspect of the artwork from last semester, I decided to start working back on a two-dimensional surface, while still incorporating some of the same techniques. Discarding the element of a background allows both for the piece to almost float in a timeless space while also allowing the viewer to focus on the form and technique themselves.
Throughout the course of the program, I have seen my artistic process mirror that of procedures and steps taken by doctors when they are performing a surgery. During my first semester, I saw the exploration and diagnosis of my issues come into question. What were the deeper issues I was searching for within the work? For the duration of my second semester, I had come to discover these issues and had begun to examine them much more closely. In a way, with the creation of my head forms, I had molded very organic, slightly humanistic growths; growths I had come to call tumors. To me, these tumors were the embodiment of the anxiety I was searching for within the work; a tangible form to a non-tangible emotion. By forgoing the sculptural forms and placing the work back on a two-dimensional surface, I have begun to create what are now the scars of this process. I have cut myself open, assessed the nature of the issues under a microscope, and now feel it is time to begin the healing process. These “scar” pieces remind me that the themes I have researched through the program are aspects of myself that I will always have. At least these scars can now show that I have a much stronger understanding and ability to combat them as they come.
Who Am I?
Simply, I am an artist who lives and breathes through his artwork.; artwork I would like to take to new and exciting places.