Good question! Unfortunately there’s no way not to demystify it, so if you want to continue to draw your own conclusions without influence, feel free to stop reading.
Sometimes I can look at an image and I automatically know what I want to do to it. Other times, it’s only after I’ve cut something away from it’s original context that inspiration hits. ‘Forbidden Practices’ was a case of the latter. I didn’t realize that this interpretive dancer would eventually become this druid type in the middle of some mystical rite until after I paired her up with the nautilus shell and added some medieval imagery. The heraldic crest which is being broken by her craft is what makes her practices forbidden. She alone is wielding the kind of power which can destroy dynasties. In this sense, this work can be seen a metaphor for activism, revolution, and/or insurgency; The underdog can triumph over the oppressor. That sort of thing.
This is, at least, my favorite explanation of what is going on in this specific piece. There is usually an omnipresent subtext to all of my work which relates to the practice of collage itself and my personal philosophy that everything is derivative. That too is happening here.
Wicked sorry if my explanation ruined it for ya. ;o)
One of the unforeseen benefits of being an artist and (more importantly) knowing other artists is giving and receiving art swag. I’ve been doing a bit of trading lately. Here’s my haul so far:
I got this magnificent unit of art from Jesse Treece in exchange for some design software which was illicitly procured by yours truly. Most of you probably already follow his tumblr, but if you don’t — fuck you until you do. Click the link and hit the follow button unless you hate art. (you don’t - hate - art… do you?)
I also got a bunch of prints of collages done by my former illustration teacher Lynn Pauley in exchange for some letters of recommendation I wrote on her behalf. This picture doesn’t do them justice (I was trying to get a decent shot with my shitty camera without any glare from the studio lights) so click on that link and check out her shit. Her collages are awesome - very dada but… ya know - less subliminal angst.
Also, I’d like it to be known that I am not angry in these pictures. I always look this way. This is what a prominent brow-ridge and lack of expressive eyebrow control will get you.
To recap. Click links. Check out some shit. It’s a good day to artpeep.
Why, thank you! Addictive is a new one. I think I like it! Glad you dig my work.
Wow, thanks! I really appreciate the plug. Looks good too, what with the facebook and shop links. You really went all out. You’re never overstepping bounds by reblogging. You’re proudly supporting the Hoop Nation! Seriously, I have some of the best followers.
… and now I’m cleaning, re-tagging, and boxing away all my work. Ah, closure.