“Electric Guitar” (2016 // 26×12 in.)
Meduim: India ink on bristol paper.
Theme & Characteristics: This piece originally began with an observational sketch of a found electric guitar body. The final piece however displays experimentation using various line widths and various amounts of negative space to give the still life dimension. The decision to use this style was to mimic the chaotic electronic frequencies that are emitted when you plug an electric guitar into an amplifier.
- Theme: Disrupting organic forms using illusionary lines, or patterns.
“Franz Lyons” (2016 // 21 5/8″ x 18 1/4″ in.)
Meduim: Pastel on found object collage (plastic & paper guitar string bags)
Theme & Characteristics: The focal subject is inspired by real life musician, Franz Lyons. His instrument of choice is the bass, often associated with masculinity, is the grounded root that allows the band to maintain their tempo. His band Turnstile however, encapsulates the chaotic disorder of which occurs in their hometown Baltimore, Maryland. This means that you will often see members jumping around and throwing fists. These actions are quite the opposite of staying grounded wouldn’t you say? Therefore his niche in the band is a little contradicting if not a little ironic. He isn’t drawn jumping simply for irony, but because I feel this action illustrates the chaotic disorder.
“The Painted Lady” (2016 // 16″ x 11″ in.)
Meduim: Mixed Media (Micron, india ink and color pencil on bristol paper)
Theme: Disrupting nature’s smooth organic flow with mankind’s rigid industrial designs.
“Feeling Amiss” (2016 // 21.5″ x 14.75″ in.)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas paper.
Characteristics: Color relation Study with the incorporation of patterns with symbolic reference.
“The Hermit Mural” (2017)
Characteristics: “The Hermit” was a Eastern Asian inspired version of the traditional version of the card. I wanted to represent the Asian influences without drawing away from the Tarot card’s symbolic meanings. The Hermit IX represents a phase of introspection. The character himself looks within himself for answers away from the demands of his position. I personally interpret this as an eternal quest for existential knowledge. I was immediately reminded of an infamous Chinese mythological character named Sun Wukong, or better known as the Monkey King.
In what had begun as an exchange for his freedom, became an act of redemption. Sun Wunkong had found himself accompanying the monk, Tang Sanzang. They were on a pilgrimage to retrieve the Buddhist sutras. Whilst acting as a body guard for Tang Sanzang on their way to India, the Monkey King attains Buddhist teachings and learns about virtues. Sun Wukong was a wrong minded individual who sought to better them selves through Buddha’s religious teachings. It may be quite literal, but he was a character seeking knowledge and enlightenment through provoking his inner conscious to justify his redemption.
I tried to plan the composition accordingly with the space I was given. The awkward angle of the wall made it difficult to paint the image without warping the figure. That is why the focal point is positioned in the far right allowing for only a small amount of warping around his right leg. This left rest of the negative space to be filled with analogously color schemed triangles that alternate with deep turquoise rays. The geometric rays emanate from the Monkey King’s lantern. This symbolizes knowledge emitting from his inner self. I chose geometric triangles in particular because I wanted them to contrast the organic flow of the figure itself. This is a common theme I try to exhibit in my work. I appreciate the disruption of fluidity with concise rigidness. All in all my only regret was having only done a single mural in my time at Robinson Secondary School. I’m glad however that the administration for the school has recently begun to allow the students to paint the walls. It gives the school a whole new atmosphere and I am proud to have been a part of that.