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Art Worker Manifesto

My work focuses on building and destroying balance between ideas and figures within the world I create in order to help myself organize thought and further personal consciousness of what is and has transpired. Pitting traditional forms of balance against one another, like good and evil for instance, helps me to visualize abstract concepts and subsequently investigate deeper.  From this ideas take form, generally in the existential manner, with overlapping concepts from other arenas often coming into the composition. Revolution is a large influence on my work, both historical and contemporary, large-scale and personal. Much like revolution, art is a natural reaction to social institutions. Therefore, as an art worker I consider my work to be a contribution to individualistic revolution and a tribute to those that have come to pass.

 

Decision making during the creation of a work is often contingent upon a stream of consciousness approach. This helps my technique develop and become an entity within itself that emulates a distinct rhythm throughout the composition. I often work in series in order to give continuity to works that seem non-sensical. Works in a series will range across a wide array of mediums purposefully to add distinction and allow for experimentation. Process is paramount to subject matter because balance dictates a need purposeful misdirection. These works are often done of mixed media and on large scale wood panel, canvas, or paper series. From the art world, movements such as Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism have influenced my work.

 

My latest series stems from an ongoing fascination with rendering a human face in work amid chaos. What started several years ago as a study of surreal portraiture has since manifested into large scale painting and mixed media pieces that attempt to rework this initial study. I am challenging myself to approach both process and media in different ways in the hopes of gaining new results and insights into notions of the abstract side of existentialism.