in the mean time, we thought we'd post our artist statements, just to give yall a heads up on what our individual work is all about. here's mine. enjoy! feel free to ask questions or make unreasonably large donations. ;)
My prints represent an oral history and explore the effects of nostalgia on storytelling, memory and emotional attachment. As a storyteller, I am prone to embellish the facts and bend the truth in an attempt to make my tale more entertaining. As time passes and these stories are repeatedly told, my embellishments become an integral part of the story, and in turn, redefine the memory and my attachment to it. The end result is an idealized and elaborate tall tale that I use to captivate an audience. I want my work to capture the viewer in the same way.
I choose to create the majority of my prints using relief methods because they allow my drawing style to define the work. Hand printing results in movement and variation within the ink, giving each print a unique surface quality, which I find aesthetically pleasing. I choose to print large-scale in order to convey the larger-than-life nature of the story and the empowerment of memory. Furthermore, I enjoy the physical demands of both relief printing and creating large-scale work.
Through my work, I want to show the viewer memories of stories that have shaped the way I recall and retell my personal history. I want them to see imagination and nostalgia at work. I want to entertain the viewer and remind them of their own incredible stories.