My path as an artist has allowed me to view life in the eyes of a poet. I choose to see things outside of the “box”. In order to completely understand this concept I would suggest one to read the book “The Art of Possibility” by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander. (click here to view book)
“The frames our minds create define – and confine – what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead-end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.”
I was asked to read this book in college and once I read it, it changed my life. What I took from this and apply in my life today is that through out our life we are taught certain things whether it be through our parents, friends, school, or religion. We grow up believing in certain “truths” thus we begin to build up our world/reality with those certain ideas and beliefs. When we are young we have no choice but to believe in those certain “truths” but as we get older and experience other cultures, people, religions, and new ideas we can choose to let go of some of those beliefs, and apply new ones. We can choose to create our own reality, consisting of happiness for ourselves as well as the rest of humanity. Because when you get to the bottom of things, someone, somewhere invented the reality your living today!
In college I created a body of work that consisted of paintings, drawings, prints, and manipulated photographs that allow the viewer to see past the physical reality of the art and rather perceive something more intangible, perhaps spiritual. I use abstract shapes and playful colors throughout all my work in order to steer the viewer away from a physical reality and engage them into a world of invention and imagination. Below are examples of some of my work.