Statement

 

The Artist at Work

The Artist at Work  

The Digital Age has brought upon us a binary kaleidoscope fog blanketing both perception and reality. I think of my art as beyond the fog evolving instead at the bottom of an inkwell.

Since 1997 I have retreated to a life inside the inkwell- a black and white world of duality sprinkled with social commentary and Dreamscape imagery. Each work is created as a framed cultural relic with a pen and ink drawing wrapped around a canvas and secured in a shadow box frame. Portrayed within is an imaginary landscape of mountains, waterways and woodlands populated by an innocent tribe of featureless beings. The inhabitants are often engaged, observing and participating in a variety of everyday activities. As events unfold, the tribe’s future is at risk when a celestial armada and its alien force with plans of colonization encroach on their environment. A scout ship lands and astronaut “techlings” appear gifting trinket devices to the natives. Consternation occurs, portending everlasting change. All takes place under a moonlit sky with meteor fragments showering the environment.

Until recently, I only worked with the traditional media of pen and ink, paper and canvas. By adding another component to my drawings (actual meteor fragments), a celestial element has been integrated into my work. As far as inspiration, I grew up above my grandmother’s tavern in Chicago and developed a childhood fascination of 1950’s sci-fi comics, carnivals and cheap magic tricks. A dance hall was located directly across the street and I found much joy watching couples entering and exiting during the night on weekends. The music was loud enough to penetrate the windows and the sounds and sights of the city nurtured my imagination at a very young age. The foundation was laid and since then, I have been weaving conflict, dreams and humor along with my personal perceptions of contemporary life into my work and of course-from the bottom of an inkwell.