Memories, fantasies, daydreaming, and imagination were my playground as a youth. Childhood was a time where I could simply daydream and imagine far out wonderful things. Feeling I had lost some of the whimsical freedom of childhood imagination, I began an exploration into these daydreams, the imaginary impossibilities. And as a result I’ve found these suppositions to be a bridge between childhood fantasy and adult “reality.” Daydreams and impossibilities are commonplace in my mind. When a scene or story jumps into my consciousness I am compelled to collect source material. Once all the images are digitally cut and the vision I had in my head begins to emerge on the screen, I become elated. When I see with my eyes what I saw in my mind there is a connection I make to my childhood memories of imagination. Even then the image needs a soul. Using textures in my images helps me connect with my past imagination. The use of texture gives me a sense of nostalgia, inviting warmth, intrigue, and breathes life into the pictures. With this in mind I wanted to add more texture to a finished print. The application of gel medium to a flat print further developed a connection between the image and myself by making the textures more alive and the story more real. These textures also create a sense of longevity through a vintage sensibility. I incorporate a method of tying the organic and the rigid together by stitching together smaller prints in a grid to create the larger organic form of the story in the image. By using this method each piece is a creation of natural organic forms and textures juxtaposed against a constructivist grid -- a process I call Panelism. The result is a meshing of the artificial and the organic. This process also ties together a repetition of taking elements to create scene, building that scene, printing it, then cutting it up and physically reconstructing the scene once again. Still there needs to be some level of struggle to represent life experience. This is why there’s a subdued and often obscured sense of something unresolved and unsettling within many of the images. While some seem free and whimsical, there are things left to outside forces. Others express the desire for independence or a battle to overcome something. These are expressions of experiences we all share, a commonality. This shared experience allows the view to place their own meaning into much of the work. Creating photographic illustrations reconnecting me to my childhood imagination has brought a new level of freedom. These images send me to a far out place where I can escape reality for a while and be a child again and serve as a reminder that not everything is as whimsical as they seem on the surface. They allow me to travel where there are no rules and anything can happen.
The Art Institute of Atlanta
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2010