I begin with a pencil line, a sweeping movement to direct the flow of the drawing. I add many more sketchy lines, letting lines react and connect to one another in a chaotic way, out of the primal mind. Once I have sketched the most basic shapes, I let the rational mind enter into the process, and make decisions on what lines to keep and what lines to erase. The third part of the process involves reflection on the subject or theme, and coaxing connate features out of the capricious lines. I use reoccurring features: tree branches, claws, ramshackle houses, machinery stacked into the structure of a tower, merging these features together. The resulting drawing is an aggregation of all these elements amassed and assembled together. The drawing exerts an energy, seducing the viewer in, encouraging the viewer to enter the world it evokes.
Fangs and claws reflect our primordial fears, an instinctual eat-or-be eaten mentality. Spirals symbolize futility, that there is no ultimate reason of our existence. Mechanical objects represent a fear of technology, eminent discoveries, and having no control over them, “atomic monsters” in a sense. Arboreal elements reflect a natural chaos, which is neither completely random, nor tightly designed. Large towers, industrial or castle types, at or near the top of the drawing, are symbols of enormous power that maps out and directs our lives. Ramshackle shacks squashed beneath larger structures represent the individual who feels downtrodden and ignored. Tiny houselets huddled together under branches or any nook that seems safe symbolize a non-future, a place where all things are temporary and one never knows when he/she/they will be uprooted. Large industrial machinery, smokestacks and boats symbolize the present, yet archaic, state of worldly affairs, an unchangeable force of outdated protocol. Tiny sprigs reaching out into the yet unknown are symbols of a new discoveries.
Artist Bio / CV
April 2007 4:20 Drawing Show, Big Bend Contemporary. Tallahassee
April 2008 MFA Graduating Artists, MoFA, Tallahassee
Nov 2007 Something Must Break, Big Bend Contemporary
Jan 2007 First annual Drawing Show, Big Bend Contemporary
Nov 2006 Seconds, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee
May 2006 Mayday, NanBoynton Memorial Gallery, Tallahassee
Feb 2006 Fresh!, Oglesby Gallery, Tallahassee
Nov 2005 MFA Fall 2005 Group Exhibition, Red Door Gallery, Tallahassee
2005 Off The Wall Gallery, San Diego
2004 Victor’s by the Bay, San Diego
2003 Living Room, San Diego
BA, San Diego State University 2003
MFA, Florida State University 2008