“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” -Jim Jarmusch
Every technical and philosophical facet of my art is committed to the application of mixed media, redefining the term to include concepts and ideas as well as tangible physical materials. This cross-genre pasticcio is born from and dependent on collage, which naturally experiments with subliminality, intercontextuality and the unexpected narratives that emerge from both playful and planned juxtapositions.
Each work is assembled from an unlimited assortment of tools, themes, genres, and inspirations. For example, a piece may be created from gouache, paper, canvas, chalk pastels, spray paint, e.e. cummings’ poetry, syncretic religious rites, overheard dialogue, found photographs, advertisements, cardboard, a Kenny Rogers song, nail polish, Old Testament mythology, cemetery history, Seinfeld, Churchill quotes, graphite, and the Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology.
Though excited by the research, accumulation, and experiments that propel my work, it is my belief that art should be beautiful and evocative. Hence, I strive to conjoin my mixed media to result in unique beauty and mastery of composition.
Challenging constructs of genre, creative ownership, colour orthodoxy and technical craftsmanship, I see the world as an idea fountain. My expression springs from my insatiable curiousity, bent humour, enchantment, the intersection of the sacred and inane, and my championship of human innovation and creativity. No matter what theme has propelled a specific work, my art is dedicated to the beautiful absurdity of existence. From serene, minimalist abstractions to frantic pentimenti imbroglio, these visual narratives wholly commit to embracing the full spectrum of life’s rich pageant.