Emily and the Ram Conjuring
Charcoal on sanded paper, 2018
Third Place: $300
The intent of my work is to allow the viewer to interpret meaning using their own experience. My feelings/ thoughts behind it are directly related to my personal history with the subjects in the work. I tend to title the work in a very straight-forward manner, that way the viewer again has access to the image and isn't steered in a different direction.
My technique is relatively unknown, I use sandpaper as a medium to embed dry material into heavy paper. Using this technique, I am able to “see” in the dark; The use of this technique takes the work to a “hyper-real” level and lends itself well to the pervasive feeling of melancholy that exists. My intent is to confront the viewer and ask questions.
There is honesty to the work that I can only express if I have a true connection with it. My art is a diary of sorts, quasi self-portraits that reference my childhood experiences, good and bad.