A whirlwind of mediums

This summer has proven to be a crammed six weeks of exploration. Amidst my traveling between school quarters, I was able to tackle some new mediums and revisit some old ones I haven't used in over a decade. It always seems as though a tight schedule manifests the most creativity for me, and I'm more willing to take risks with my work. There is something so fast paced about precious time that forces all my artwork to be made with pure curiosity. Other times during the year, I am meticulous in fine tuning my linework with the brushes I use, as well as tracking down images that fit within a certain theme. However, these university holiday breaks are like a flash in the pan and I am able to make sloppy, hectic pieces with reckless abandon. The process always yields something new and unexpected, and I am always surprised by the results. These are the pieces that turn out to be the most rewarding. 

My foray into new materials was the use of plywood. I purchased a very low end scroll saw and experimented with cutting out shapes. I was able to create a small series of animal heads based on loose illustrations I had made in my sketchbook. I painted them with house paint, since I could get a wide variety of colors at a very low cost. The process spanned over multiple days. The cutting is slow work and requires a good studio or outdoor space. Prepping the wood takes even longer, and although I am immensely impatient, sanding the pieces created a much nicer surface to paint on. I am indebted to my family for allowing me to raid their garage and use every power tool I could get my hands on for these projects.

I also revisited paper cut outs, which had been a favorite form of mine in my teenage years. I hadn't even thought of working in silhouettes with my current work until a friend prodded me to try my hand at them again. I immediately fell back in love with the process, and have been shifting my focus to paper cuts outs almost exclusively. For such a precise form, the paper and blades allow for some very rough drawings to begin with, which is very different from my inking process. While my ink drawings are realized in sketchbooks over weeks of fine tuning lines and perspectives, paper cut outs begin with a freehand sketch on black paper. I carve out details as the piece moves forward, and the final product is always vastly different from what I started with. This process requires me to think differently and see differently than how I normally do while creating. This is why cut outs are my favorite pieces. I feel like I am able to truly work from an authentic and eager place within my personality.

I hope as the year progresses I am able to keep up a steady work flow. Balancing college with art is extremely challenging, but it's a way from me to stay grounded and sane. I'm looking forward to whatever surprises and inspirations come my way.

New Year, New Projects

The year 2017 has started off fast and I can barely keep track of the changes that have already occurred in my personal life and the sociopolitical world around me. Turmoil and unrest has inspired me to push past my reservations and start the many projects I've dreamed of. There's no better way to communicate with my community than to share my thoughts and moods symbolized by my artwork, and I find that dialog is more important than ever before.

This website is here to document my process working in public spaces and adopting new ways of creating. I'm building a mural commission to spearhead a large painting project, which will put me in communication with other artists for the first time in years. Clothing is a new mode of producing my work, and I'm currently tackling a commissioned piece while releasing new designs for the site. It's also exciting to display my work in one place, as it is usually being sent across the country to old friends and family. I rarely keep a piece for more than a week before its off to a new home. 

I recently worked with filmmaker Timmy Lodhi to document part of my painting process. While interviewing with him for his series Beneath the Surface, I found I was able to communicate the emotional process of painting that I don't often share. Talking with a fellow artist was cathartic and it reminded me of how precious the artists in my life are. I hope this website can spark more of those conversations, as I have so much to learn from those around me.