I am a representational artist coupling detailed drawn renderings contrasted with colorful backgrounds that are often embellished with gold leaf, taking a seemingly traditional drawing over the top. My pieces focus on the human form, representations of the human form (like dolls), or mutations of the human form (often historically considered “monsters”). My goal is to encourage the audience to consider what qualities we see as human.
Oftentimes, within a piece, you can look at the image as a whole, but if you take the time, there are layers you can shift through that provide a deeper meaning or multiple meanings . . . much of it recalling something of an older age but reimagined with a modern perspective. Using points of reference from different art styles of the past, I invoke influences that have been significant to me. I want to elevate the obvious image to another level so that it can resonate with the viewer symbolically, even mythically. To that end, I go beyond snapshots of reality and often draw on esoteric and antiquated symbols and more contemporary cultural allusions that make the viewer really think about what it is they are seeing instead of having just a superficial interaction.
One of the layers of my art that may not be obvious at first, but is an important part of my approach, is the framing: both the cropping of the image (often uncomfortably close) and the physical frame of the piece; I like using antique frames that have character, nicks, etc. The shape of the frame helps dictate how I lay out and compose the images while the character and individuality of the frame helps accentuate the individuality of the subject’s character as well.