Growing up in a blue-collar construction family, I had the opportunity to connect with tools and materials at an early age. My attraction to the pace and energy of urban living has inspired an examination of cities as dynamic organisms.
Referencing industrial materiality and biomorphic form, my work frequently touches on themes of origin and decay within the urban landscape, drawing from interests in structural and industrial design. My interpretation of industry and infrastructure often leads to quirky architectural assemblages reminiscent of childhood forts or tree house experiments in miniature.
My most current work hints at ominous societal issues on our horizon with a measure of irreverence. My materials are typically found, bartered or bargained for, in keeping with my inclination to repurpose when possible.
Autobody Fine Art Studios
1517 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501
Some artists aim to harness first impressions to intentionally bring us back to an earlier state of wonder and curiosity. Mixed media artist Jamie Banes seeks to recreate the fascination many of us felt as children looking at big-city architecture, allowing us to explore and play and remember the days when everything was huge, and we wished to find out how it all worked. -Cristina Deptula, Synchronized Chaos, 2010