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Torn Series Paintings:
The focus of my Torn Series paintings is the experimentation of materials combined with manipulation of design principles and elements. The process of painting with plastic paint (acrylic) captivates me. I experiment to discover new and innovative ways of using acrylic paint, and explore different ways of creating texture, which can extend up to 1/2” off of the surface of the canvas.
Textures are created by the addition of glass beads, crumb rubber, black lava, sand, wood shavings, dried leaves, extra heavy gel mediums, modeling paste, pieces of vinyl, paper, shredded rubber tire, crushed polycarbonate. As for color, the ground is usually a low value key (dark) with intense colors as the figures, with matte playing against glossy surfaces.
Something Your Parents Told You:
This body of work is a glimpse into what parents tell their children, that can become emotional baggage. Some things my parents told me as a child play silently in the back of my head, unrelentingly.
Friends and acquaintances are helping me through this predicament by sharing their own memories. I find this fascinating, pairing what was said to “who they are”.
Aging Sucks (but doesn't have to):
My latest series, Aging Sucks (but doesn’t have to), includes video installation, sculpture, mixed media, painting and performance. The concept initially came from the personal observations and frustrations I have with my body and mind getting older. People I’ve known for years look older now. I am aging like other baby boomers, but deep inside I still act and see myself as being in my 30s.
The aging of the massive Baby Boomer generation born between 1946 and 1964 will have significant implications for the entire country. The oldest baby boomers started turning 65 back in 2011, and many of them have already retired. I am striving to change for the better how older adults see themselves and how others see them.
I have been focusing on hands. The process of me asking the question “How old are you deep inside”, stamping the hand with the number provided, and photographing the hand usually brings out a smile and a common initial response of “Oh, I’ve never thought about that before” followed by pondering and dialogue with others. I've stamped 1,000 hands and would like the opportunity to stamp many more.
The point of this body of work is to get people thinking about the question “How old are you deep inside?” because physical “age is just a number.” I am having fun communicating the idea that age is not a limitation.