Form & Folly: An artist's statement
The Angel, the Demon, and the Tortured Soul
Form and Folly: An artist’s statement
One beautifully executed still life in acrylic to one beautifully rendered landscape in oil amongst various portraits in pencil and charcoal left me feeling empty at an early age. This was not the world as I knew it, I thought to myself.
I took on a dismissal of all paint materials and surrounded myself with garbage found on the streets of New York City. I started experimenting with materials that made my classmates cringe. I went from epoxy resins to liquid plastic and rubber, to the dreaded fiberglass. This led to my worst artists block and although art was created in this time, it was more a transition period in numerous ways.
I continued doodling which then became the inspiration for my next series, Metamorphosis. I slowly phased back in materials I spent half a decade dismissing. This new series explored my need and desire for change along with the inner turmoil and conflicts I had been suppressing. By the end of the series I noticed a definitive change in my art. I stopped letting the art take me, and instead took the art where I needed to go.
Vamos A La Playa
The next series, the Journey, follows a character wearing multiple hats and hitting one obstacle after another. It describes a state of confusion, loss, and love for the unknown- a coming of age of sorts. It transforms into a visual recollection of the world through my eyes using abstract landscapes in a style similar to that of pop art. The colors represent the richness of the world and spaces travelled to; each with its own message of how these experiences transformed my thinking and perception.
The current body of work, Music Talks, explores the influence of music in everyday life and how important a role it has played in my own since childhood. The series eliminates color but is not short of sound and imagination. Each piece is a dedication to a specific song signifying my ongoing soundtrack. It brings the music to life through visual expression worth a thousand words and thoughts to run wild with. Listen to the lines and see the music, only then will it talk to you.