I Like Andy Warhol in Black Face (second version), 2013 84cm x 102cm acrylic on wood
You Thought It Was My Mouth.. (Original Doodle), 2001 ink on ledger paper ~6cm x 8cm
During the summer of 2001, I was enrolled in a geology class for non-science majors, as required for my degree and working. In the mornings I would watch movies about the various ages of the earth, color in a science themed coloring book and take quizzes based on the information I had just learned. Mid-day, I would drive the forty-five minutes to my job where I would spend the afternoon meandering around in an un-airconditioned warehouse pulling and stocking folders of x-rays, MRIs and mammograms.
One day, while studying echinoderms, It was brought to my attention that starfish were benthic feeders and that their mouths were located “underneath” them. I was fascinated by this revelation …I had never given it any thought previously. Lates, on my way to work, this new information about starfish became extremely humorous to me as I thought of all times I’ve seen starfish, alive in their habitat, dead displayed on shelves, rendered on beach towels, printed on clothing, etc. Each time I had ever seen a starfish it was ass up…giving me the ole stink eye.
You Thought It Was My Mouth… (Protoreaster Nodosus), 2013 acrylic on 64cm x 96cm 70lb paper
- Protoreaster nodosus is a species of starfish found in the warm, shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific region. Starfish are echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea. Opportunistic feeders, starfish also called “sea stars”, are mostly predators on benthic invertebrates. They have complex life cycles and can reproduce both sexually and asexually. Most can regenerate damaged or lost arms.
- In Christian symbolism the Starfish represents the Virgin Mary (Stella Maris which means Star of the Sea) who lovingly creates safe travel over troubled waters and is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying times. The star as well as the Starfish are seen as celestial symbols and as such, they represent infinite divine love. In addition to love, the Starfish also holds characteristics such as guidance, vigilance, inspiration, brilliance and intuition.
In my own visual language, starfish symbolize: fallaciousness or misinformation, whether purposefully detrimental, mischievously playful-as in the trickster god tradition, or out of unwitting foolishness.
I Am Running Like A Guineafowl to Make An Effort, 2013 acrylic on 96cm x 64cm 70lb paper
The Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) is the best known of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and the only member of the genus Numida. It breeds in Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced into the West Indies, Brazil, Australia and southern France. Guineafowl have a long history of domestication, mainly involving the Helmeted Guineafowl; in the UK they were usually known as “gleanies”. The young (called “keets”) are very small at birth. The keets are kept in a brooder box inside the house until about six weeks of age, before being moved into a proper coop or enclosure. They eat lice, worms, ants, spiders, weedseeds, and ticks while on range.
In African tradtions, the guineafowl is a bird of protection and is symbolic of human effort at survival.
een dutchslavetrade: sehnsucht
A 70 minute painting mix with no central theme or purpose other than to fill 70 minutes with music. I’ve listened to Sehnsucht while walking to the post office, washing dishes and painting- but it is applicable to any 70 minute situation.
Sehnsucht features songs by Paganini, General Trees, King Tubby, The Breeders, Max Roach, The Fall, Al Barry & The Cimarons, Nancy Sinatra, J. S. Bach, Bounty Killer and more.
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Acorn Study No. 3, 2013 acrylic on 30.5cm x 30.5cm canvas
Acorns are rich in nutrients. They contain large amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats, as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorus and potassium, and the vitamin niacin. They are also quite a few superstitions tied to acorns.
- The ancient Druids believed the oak tree and its fruit contained special powers.
- Lovers would each place an acorn in a bowl of water and if they came together, the lovers would marry; if they floated apart the lovers would soon leave each other for someone else. If the acorn sank it was taken as a portent of death for the person it represented.
- Placing acorns between the mattress and box-spring in a lover’s bed would keep him or her faithful.
- Carrying an acorn in a pocket or a purse was supposed to prevent old age.
- It was customary to place acorns in the hands of the newly dead in certain parts of Europe.
- The Druids believed planting an acorn by the dark of the moon would bring money.
- Making a charm of three acorns and hair which is bound together and tied, then blessed under a new moon and a full moon for an entire year will provide a life-long charm.
The Opportunistic Omnivore, 2012 acrylic and charcoal on 48cm x 31.5 cm 70lb paper
(Wild hogs), using their extra-long snouts, flattened and strengthened on the end by a plate of cartilage, they can root as deep as three feet. They’ll devour or destroy whole fields—of sorghum, rice, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, melons and other fruits, nuts, grass and hay. Farmers planting corn have discovered that the hogs go methodically down the rows during the night, extracting seeds one by one.
Hogs erode the soil and muddy streams and other water sources, possibly causing fish kills. They disrupt native vegetation and make it easier for invasive plants to take hold. The hogs claim any food set out for livestock, and occasionally eat the livestock as well, especially lambs, kids and calves. They also eat such wildlife as deer and quail and feast on the eggs of endangered sea turtles.
Feel Ignore (More Sore Lore), 2001 30.5cm x 23cm linoleum cut print on 120lb paper series of 10
In 2000 I was studying art/design and folk magick at Southwest Texas State University K/N/A Texas State University-San Marcos. During that year’s spring break, a fellow student, Amber Kulhanek went to South Padre Island for her 21st birthday and ended up taking off her shirt at a wet T-shirt contest in Mexico. “A few months later Kulhanek saw herself in national ads for a “Wild Party Girls” video on the E! cable network, a red strip proclaiming “Too hot for TV” stamped across her naked breasts. In a nutshell, (there was coercion and booze plying involved) she sued E! and Accromedia Group Inc. for invasion of privacy and emotional distress. In 2002 (the year we both graduated!), she won the first judgment of its kind against Accromedia Group Inc., who never officially responded to the lawsuit. Kulhanek earned a $5 million default judgment. I don’t know if she actually received payment as I’m having difficulty finding much follow up regarding this tiny bit of San Marcos history. I think there was an appeal and then it was dismissed based on this PDF I did find. Either way, Feel Ignore (More Sore Lore) was inspired by that whole mess.
Mickelthwait Craft Meats Panels (Sandwich Board), 2013 [2x] 60.96cm x 152.4cm acrylic on plywood
On the opening day of Mickelthwait Craft Meats, it occurred to my friend BJ and me, separately yet nearly simultaneously, that it would behoove MCM to have signage located more visibly from Rosewood Avenue as the trailer is tucked back a bit. After a brief discussion with him regarding this problem, I approached Tom and strong-armed him into commissioning these panels.
This is Lisa. She’s an ebullient, supportive and creative young woman. I’d also classify her as a lil’ bit of a hippie and very much a successful artist . By that I mean, she’s been committed to her art for the almost 20 years I’ve known her (a true pioneer on the jewelry front) and making a living from it. It was through Lisa’s studio and her brokering, that I liquidated one of my largest and most absurd paintings during a particularly rough financial patch for me, some years ago…for that I am eternally grateful. Last spring she and her man copped a couple of my rabbit pieces for themselves. Here Lisa is pictured with I’ll See You Hang for This (v7), 2012. I’d also like to congratulate Lisa and Mungu. Earlier today, the two announced that they have created and will soon be bringing forth a new soul from the ether. #rabbitsasfertilitysymbols