“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing
ART CAR 2012
I sanded down my (once Maroon) Honda Accord and proceeded to paint a mural on top of her. She is my first "Art Car" of many more to come!
This piece was inspired by my brother, Eoin, who was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis: an auto immune disorder of the colon. He had a flare up in March 2018 that landed him in the hospital - he was then transported by ambulance to a Denver hospital where they specialize in treatment for UC. They decided to take extreme measures by removing part of his colon. This is an extensive and life changing surgery for Eoin but he showed such strength and bravery. One could even say he was our super hero!
This is a portrait of my interpretation of my brother as a super hero - more specifically Weapon E - a direct inspiration from Weapon X (Wolverine). Even wolverine had to get used to his new body and healing powers.
Project X: A Handguide to Closure
In order to move past a bad relationship and onto a new chapter in our lives, we desire some kind of conclusion. We require that metaphorical act of closing one that door so we can have peace of mind. Unfortunately, all too often those doors remain open ended and unconcluded. Relationships certainly can end civilly, but more often than not… they just don’t.
The first Zine I ever created called “Project X: A Handguide to Closure”, offers one humorous perspective on an approach to closing that door.
This project was inspired, probably obviously, by personal experiences with break ups. The Zine contains a series of questions that one might ask there “ex” in order to search for a conclusion to that relationship.
I placed these Zines around UCCS nain campus in the library, coffee shop, and advising offices.
I see this piece as a reflection of how my mind works having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Often ADHD causes me to lose focus from one thing by being distracted by another. The way the viewer's eye follows this piece is reflective of someone's thought process with ADHD because the amount of detail causes an overwhelming amount of information to retain and distract from one figure to another.
This work feels somewhat chaotic and overwhelming yet the attention to detail allows the piece to feel intentional as opposed to random. Plus I think it is pretty fun to look at!
Graphic Novella 2018
Here are some excerpts from my first Graphic Novella I completed and distributed; "Journey to Self Love". Please contact me if interested in reading the complete version.
Mapping the Consciousness- 2015
Since I discovered surrealism, I have been interested in surrealist techniques including Soufflage and Surrealist Automatism. In this particular body of work, I used a combination of surrealist techniques in a means to become open to the suggestion of my materials’ organic reaction to a surface, while simultaneously responding to the materials instinctively. This body of work portrays a mapping of the consciousness. Just as the materials form an allusive sense of intentional line vs unintentional line, the implication of conscious and subconscious become ambiguous as well.
Sketches- 2017- 2018
It may seem odd that I am adding my sketchbook work to my portfolio because the work is not a finalized product; however I find that an artist's sketchbook can show their process of unfinished thoughts and how they can develop into completed works later on.
This work was created using lids from various bottles that my dad and brother had collected! It was a non-permeant self portrait.
We have future plans to create more works using found/recycled lids - so if you have any you would like to donate, please contact me!
Coloring book (excerpts)
I have always been drawn to graphic, illustrative drawings.
These works are my exploration in this as they portray an overwhelming amount of representational imagery in order to reflect the relationship between order and chaos. These graphic, illustrative, automatic drawing encourages a sense of playfulness and humor. The technique of surrealist automatism exudes through repetition and variation as the reoccurring automatic themes in the subconscious transcends through the imagery.
These portraits are loosely realistic portraits that I have created as both gifts and commission work. This will be an ongoing project for me.
Like Father Like Son Commission
Best friend: 5 Minute Sketch
These pieces are products of automatic drawing, specifically created with pen and ink on paper.
This piece is a product of a surrealist technique I have been exploring called automatic drawing. The intention was for this piece to be allowed to propagate freely throughout the space without confinement of a frame, by applying paint pens directly onto the gallery wall. This piece exudes a sense of constant growth pertaining to the infinite and reoccurring fractals derived from our subconscious, while simultaneously reflecting the unplanned nature of the process.
This piece was a part of a group show called Ways of Seeing which was exhibited at the Gallery of Contemporary Arts in Colorado Springs.