Scrapbook, Portraits In Context
Scrapbook, Portraits in Context is a collection of disparate stories told through portraiture. I create each artwork as a self-contained and multi-layered story. Various elements seen in the pieces are meant to evoke personal memories in the viewer.
Like in a scrapbook the storylines vary and presentation style is casual.
My recent set of stories, a diptych, “Caged and Free” created in 2019, focuses on personal freedom. In the absence of external suppression, we humans are captives of our mindset. We box ourselves into compartments, and only a few break free. In this diptych, each primary portrait, was created digitally, using my finger as stylus.
“From…To….” depicts transitions in emotion, mood, attitude and response due to life experiences leading to an inflection point, marked by the dried flower, when personality changes. “From parochial To worldliness,” a 51 x 21″ work on canvas was selected in 2018 for the 53rd National Juried Artists Exhibition conducted by the St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA.
Older stories seen on my website include, “Isolated and Gritty, a Utopian nightmare, a Dystopian reality,” a commentary about urban isolation; and, “Artist by Artist,” a real artist in context with his work, interpreted and presented by another artist, me.
I draw or photograph people, and objects, print the portraits on paper, tear these prints, use the pieces and other objects to create temporary collages lit by ambient light for dimensionality, capture the collage in-camera using depth of field as a compositional tool, and print the collage on canvas. In essence, the portraits are created twice. First, as a primary portrait, and second, part of a collage and story. For each primary portrait, I request the subject to visualize part of the story and emote through facial expression.
Post-processing is limited to contrast adjustment. The ephemera are dismantled, and live only as a varnished, archival canvas print, hence the term for this medium, “Mixed media collage captured in 2D, archival pigment inks on canvas.”
Sunlight, and flames on copper and brass heightens the intrinsic glow emanating from these metals, as well as marks them in wondrous ways. The sources of heat, and the glowing, and scarred metal are stand-ins, for how Life’s hardships can draw out our humanness, even as it indelibly marks our soul. “Copper waves”” was exhibited in 2012 at the Gallery 601 solo exhibition. The series received an honorable mention at the International Photo Awards 2008 competition. Copper plates exposed to heat is a subset of the Metal series. “Levels of Interaction” printed on canvas, 22 x 34″ in size, was exhibited at the 2015 juried show, “As Expected” conducted by The Copley Society of Boston. “Blue Headdress” was accepted in 2016 for The Summer Show, a national, juried show conducted by the St. Tammany Art Association in Covington. Mardi Gras Watching 6 was accepted in 2017 for Brush with Burden, a national, juried show organized by the Burden Horticultural Society.
Fluidity of Attraction
“Fluidity of Attraction” is a rare and novel series where the subject matter –– Attraction –– the artistic elements –– Iron Nanoparticle Suspension, Rare-Earth Magnetic Field, Ambient Light, Sky, Shadow and Reflection –– and, the medium used –– Captured Collage –– all converge on a single quality, the quality of being ephemeral!
Attraction based on beauty and lust, the most common type of attraction, is fleeting. And, when not evanescent, it ebbs and flows with time, it is fluid.
Attraction of the iron nanoparticles is temporary, dependent upon a magnetic field.
My collages after I capture them, last as long as my whim.
I create temporary collages, paintings, and installations, illuminate them with ambient lighting to create dimensionality, capture the ensemble with a camera, and print with minimal post-processing. The collage or installation is dismantled, or the painting is erased, and exists only as a single, archival canvas print. I call this medium, “Mixed media collage captured in 2D, archival pigment inks on canvas.”
“Isolation of Polarity” was juried into Dab Art’s MNEMONIC in 2018 and is on show at H Gallery, Ventura; “Sea Horseoid” was admitted to the Alexandria Museum of Art’s 29th Annual September Competition Exhibition; and “Custard On Impact” was juried into The Copley Society’s exhibition, “Summer Hours” at the CoSo Gallery in Boston.