Although never classically trained in art, I have always had a talent for visual design and execution, as well as an overwhelming urge to create, and have recently developed a method that I feel allows me to express myself in a unique and personal way. Using nothing more than some common office supplies and an epiphany, I developed a technique in which I use thousands of individually painted thumbtacks to create vast mosaics of various sizes and subject matter. Although it started out as a just another means of expressing myself, it has quickly become much more than that. I feel an overwhelming compulsion to create these pieces because of the orderliness and beauty they represent. It has become a potent form of therapy for me in that it allows me to focus my obsessive-compulsive tendencies onto something that is constructive and meaningful. While the technique may be new, the roots of this style of painting clearly have their origins in pointillism and the impressionist movement. Taken individually, each thumbtack is meaningless and random. But when put together in an ordered fashion, they can create stunning visual images and landscapes, where the mind is forced to fill in the gaps. As I have experimented with my technique, my subject matter has varied widely. My subjects range from landscapes and still lifes, to Pop Art subjects and abstract patterns. For me, the subject is not as important as the way it is constructed. Every image can be broken down into small points of color and light, and my aim is to give people a glimpse of these basic structures while still preserving the integrity of the image as a whole. When people look at my pieces, I want them to experience multiple sensations. I want them to have an initial moment of recognition in which they can tell exactly what the image is supposed to be. Then I want them to look closer at how it was constructed and the smaller parts that make up the whole. And finally, I want them to slowly recognize that the image as a whole is inseparable from the parts that make it up. And hopefully they can begin to discover that every object in their life is just a combination of color, light, and their imagination.
Biography: Born in Southern California in 1978. Raised in the Bay Area and went to College in Colorado. Lived in an art gallery in Portland, Oregon for about 4 years (where I got the idea for the thumbtacks) before moving to Los Angeles about a year ago. Working for a publishing company and trying to get my art work noticed and appreciated. That's all.
Country: United States
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