My recent work is derived from a combination of life experiences, learning to deal with a lack of studio space and freelancing as a commercial artist working in set/production design. I believe artists should have jobs in order to support their practice. This keeps my art fresh and allows me to constantly create work independent of the marketplace.
Not biting the hand that feeds me, I see my work as an output to express my feeling of advertising as a form of a learned cancer. George Lois, an art director famous for his boldness said, “effective advertising is like poison gas.” I used this concept to develop work initially intended as guerilla advertising. Utilizing existing venues, phone booths and bus stops as lightboxes to display my “poison gas campaign.” The process in which I developed imagery for this project became so interesting to me that I developed it further into my collage work and the tondo series.
My process begins with making suminagashi prints, a centuries old Japanese technique, literally translated as ink floating. Creating my own formulas for mixing chemicals into ink I am able to achieve varying aesthetic results. I use newsprint for its greater absorption qualities to instantly capture the transience of ink flow, akin to taking a photo of the water’s surface. I trace with a blade the resulting prints to extract content for my collage work, which are overlapped into compositions I describe as cosmic caves.