Scrapbook, Portraits In Context
Scrapbook, Portraits in Context is a collection of disparate stories told through portraiture. Each artwork is a self-contained and multi-layered story that I created. Various elements seen in the pieces are meant to evoke personal memories in the viewer.
Like in a scrapbook the presentation style is casual.
“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. These are my latest stories.
“Isolated and Gritty, a Utopian nightmare, a Dystopian reality,” a commentary about urban isolation. The single piece, inaugurated “Scrapbook” a few years ago.
Scrapbook is active! Expect more stories.
I draw or photograph people, and objects, print the portraits on paper, tear these prints and use the pieces to create temporary collages lit by ambient light for dimensionality, and capture the collage in-camera using depth of field as a compositional tool. In essence, the portraits are created twice. First, as a primary portrait, and second, part of a collage and story. Post-processing is limited to contrast adjustment. The ephemera are dismantled, and live only as an 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.”
“Sea Horseoid” was admitted in 2016 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.