Friday, February 17, 2012

I recently had a piece in San Francisco gallery Modern Eden's group show entitled "Menagerie," an animal themed show to benefit the San Francisco chapter of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Here's a link to a short write up I did for Hi-Fructose Magazine on the opening and below are a few of my favorite pieces from the show.

I received the invitation to participate in the show back in December, so I had a few months to consider what I was going to create. I took an extended climbing trip to Las Vegas (more on this later) and used the many hours I spent hiking in the desert to begin planning my piece. 

This process is very diffuse and difficult to describe- it mostly involves relaxing my logical mind and just observing what kind of images flow through my imagination. I began to be able to see an image involving a pelvis, with other activity occurring around, beneath, or above it. I then began to look for reference material online, scouring scientific illustration sites until I found the sort of pelvis and animals I wanted to include. Then I began sketching out the piece, moving elements around until I found a harmony and balance (with a slight edge of tension) that I enjoyed. I'm really interested in playing with symmetry that upon closer investigation is not symmetrical at all. Through this process, my piece evolved and began to demand tiny little lines and dots of detail. The actual drawing and rendering process only took about five days (which of course took place during the five days before the piece was due). 

When it was complete, I was surprised to see the latent symbology of the piece. I really never plan for a piece to represent a certain thing, and it's often only after its completed that I get to understand what I was creating all along. With this piece, it was apparent to me that I had drawn a representations of an embryo blooming upwards from a pelvis with a burst of flowers representing the force of life. Surrounding this were representation of death encircling the life, with the bats above, the skulls to the side, and the predator chasing the prey below. It also became clear that there were several vaginal shapes hidden in the patterns of the orbs that I had meticulously drawn (each one took about an hour). With these observations, I titled the piece "Embryo." 

In progress...

The finished piece.
Available for purchase here. 

A big 'thank you' to Modern Eden for inviting me to participate in this show. It's such a gift to be asked to share the inner workings of my mind and heart, allowing me to learn and discover so much along the way.


Friday, February 10, 2012

I was recently asked by Conscious Alliance to donate a piece of art to their cause. 

Conscious Alliance  is a Boulder, Colorado based national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the distribution of much-needed food to impoverished communities across the United States. Operating through ongoing, grassroots food collection and hunger awareness programs throughout the U.S.—mostly by organizing food drives at concerts and music events—donations to Conscious Alliance benefit America’s local food pantries and economically isolated Native American reservations. 

I donated a painting called "Convergence" for them to use as a concert poster for Lotus at the Fillmore in Denver, Colorado. With sales of the poster, they raised enough for over 700 meals for people in need. 

As an artist, sometimes it's hard to feel like the work you're doing is benefiting anybody. While I truly believe in the value of art and of artists, it's really wonderful to see a direct benefit from a piece of art I created. I was honored and thankful to be asked to be involved.