STATEMENT OF THE DOOD
The intertwining of an imaginative stream of consciousness with a solid amount of layout construction and reference materials are defining technical aspects of my art, as it aims to explore the connection between reality and dreams, and consciousness and unconsciousness; primarily through the act of drawing. Techniques of montage, which often seem like movements of a dream, are implemented within the confines of a compositional layout that is often separated within via foils, negative space, graphite work, and resin. It’s my hope that each work is like a weird dream that has bit of humor, seriousness, and social commentary throughout, while also exploring the hyperreal and the affects that various simulated images have on each other. By doing so, I heavily explore and discover my own personal cognitive beliefs, shattering and re-sculpting my mental software with each work. At times this can even cause self reflection on moments of my life such as being lost on a hike near Mt. Saint Helens void of water or growing up in an African immigrant family, two instances of hardship that remain some of my fondest memories.
In the end, I desire to create images that feel custom and a have spectrum of interpretation for each viewer similar to how dreams function, intertwining drawing-from-life, personal reference photographs (even if it means getting my rear-end kicked on a hike in some mountains), and stream-of-consciousness to satisfy a conceptual exploration of where the real and imaginary can be bound together, becoming a visual result of these explorations, juxtapositions, and research through a variation of montage in a single still image or sculpture-drawing.