Size: 12"W x 12"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
This is a piece I've been wanting to make for a while, but wasn't sure how to visual articulate the inspiration behind the piece which comes from the hip hop duo Atmosphere and their album "If life gives you lemons, you paint that shit gold." The album spins sympathetic tales about downtrodden, messed-up people gamely getting by, from a harried single mother in "Dreamer" to a homeless man in "The Waitress" who knows his presence is a burden to the only person who acknowledges his humanity.
My work could mean a lot of things. It doesn't have to mean anything, because it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Painting has the ability to slow time. Every day I take in more but remember less. What did I do last Wednesday night? The week before that? April 2nd, three years ago? So, while trying to make conscious decisions about how to think and what to pay attention to, I paint. I paint pictures of photos my parents took when I was a kid and portraits of who I may be today. (I’m still unsure.) I paint past art that I made but no longer have. I paint because my paintings can never be perfect. I paint to hold on just a little bit longer. Images give me more than words. I break, bend, distort, and rebuild images. I have an idea of my loved ones in my head, but I can never truly know them. For me, a glitch represents the ways we misunderstand each other and the world. We want to understand each other, as people, but we are standing in misunderstanding.