The Animals are a connection with the duality of an animal’s existence, calm and wild, with our own human experience, organic and structured. Our existence is surrounded with organic forms and patterns that seemingly flow with nature yet we create artificial rules and boundaries for the way we live.
In the larger panels I have created a method of tying the organic and the rigid together by stitching together smaller prints in a grid to create the larger organic form of the animal. By using this method each piece is a creation of natural organic forms and textures juxtaposed against a constructivist grid. A process I call Panelism. The result is a meshing of the artificial and the organic.
The same constructed element of the work is in the matting and framing of the image. This process illustrates the boxing in, or surrounding the organic animal from a natural habitat. During the process the original background has been removed and an artificial one replaces it. The new background is composed of urban textures, concrete, oil stained parking spots, rusted and scratched metal, and soiled walls.
Memories, fantasies, daydreaming, and imagination were my playground as a youth. Childhood was a time where I could simply daydream and imagine far out wonderful things. Feeling I had lost some of the whimsical freedom of childhood imagination I began an exploration into these daydreams, the imaginary impossibilities. And as a result I’ve found these suppositions to be a bridge between childhood fantasy and adult “reality.”