On my walls now hang my favorite works alongside uncommodifable works. They're a collection of non-geographical maps of the places I've been and the things I've seen and imagined. They are the non-linear stories of the people I've met along the way. In my dreams the set can be Haiti and the props Japan, or vice versa. I see Europe dancing with Asia to an African beat. Culture shell-shock. Terminal jet-lag. A burnt-out time machine hidden in the Grotte de Lascaux. The Loa meets the Space Alien.
Biography: Having lived in 8 countries so far, I've had many opportunities to see great art. I've also been lucky enough to meet some interesting artists... Peter Morris, Norville Parchment, Alexi Kazantzev, Wendy Jane Bantam, Pascale Monnin, Junko Taniguchi and others who inspired me along the way. A journalism school dropout, I've always been a reporter of sorts. Not technically inclined enough to become a photographer, but always clicking away with cheap cameras and reporting on what I see around me to whoever is interested "back home." Rarely do my words or photos suffice to show or tell... Then came Haiti. The sheer number of "untrained" artists producing and selling artwork there made me realize I didn't need to go back to school in order to do it myself. However, it would take a few detours before I actually started in earnest... In Osaka, I did some Japanese calligraphy with a couple of after school clubs where I taught English. The "mistakes" were turned into artwork. While on a month-long tour of New Zealand in late 2000, I was updating my blog in a backpackers hostel and got some interesting over-the shoulder comments. Also met my long distance art conspirator, Okha Ryu, on the same trip. We agreed to both start painting as soon as we returned to our homes in Osaka and Seoul. We would keep in touch, exchanging ideas and images, through our community blog, NewsFromTheOtherSide. So, I started painting rather late in the game, in 2001, at age 28, and chose oil to make up for lost time. The cart before the horse?
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