I have always struggled with looking at myself or my life objectively. This has been a particular challenge when it comes to the narrative behind my artwork. Over the years I have experimented with many approaches, mediums, subject matters, all while trying to find the process that would allow me to accurately communicate my feelings and thoughts around a subject. They are often complex and shifting. I’ve struggled to capture this in a singular image, a static self contained work. I now believe I have found the “language” and process that lets me fully articulate the intricacies of my perspective. And beyond that, I believe I have found the way that allows my work to be a conversation with the viewer. It is no longer linear and it invites the viewer to physically manifest their interpretation. This process allows the work to keep evolving over time. I have finally manifested the first whispers of this idea, and it is everything I imagined it to be. Meaning via context. The experiment is now over. Now it is time to express and explore.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

MASTERY: hour •2


The nature of the works at MOMA don’t necessarily lend themselves to be subjects for the more academic drawings I typically do at museums. Nonetheless I attended their free Friday night to reinvigorate my passion for creating. While strolling through the museum I kept a watchful eye out for anything that may be suitable for a drawing. I came across Head of Montserra II by Julio Gonzalez. A bronze portrait bust of a woman screaming. I made about 3 attempts to sketch this sculpture, all while wearing a pair of red glasses to highlight the contrast in values. It had been a while since I have done any observational drawing, which has become increasingly difficult because of some issues with my eye sight as well as body injuries. I was quite pleased with the opportunity to get lost in the drawing and dip into a state of flow where the eye and the hand work with some automaticity. Here are the results. I am also including some warm up sketches I did while on the train so that you can see the progression from the sketch to the final.