Marionnette De Chaussette, 2008 61cm x 77cm acrylic on masonite
Untitled Page from a Sketchbook (Coffee) 2008 29cm x 21 cm graphite on paper
When I start a new sketchbook (as I am currently) I first review a few of it’s predecessors, to time travel, see if progress has been made/critique, and to scavenge any bits of idea-flesh that may remain overlooked on the carcass. In 2008 I was balls deep in office culture, bored and drank a lot of coffee to cope with the aforementioned circumstances.
Notes From My Sketchbook IX, 2008 graphite on paper
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a thousand words is worth a picture (?). This is a page from one of my sketchbooks that’s on some E.E. Cumming’s visual poetry shit. Looking at it, I recall what was going on in my life at the time. I was working in an office, doing additional freelance storyboard work, had a dental appointment on the horizon, and a friend of mine had recently moved to Ft. Greene. There are also some things that are written in code that I won’t divulge. I once had a sketchbook stolen from my car and ever since I have written my notes in code.
Opossum Medicine, The Candle And The Birth , 2008 acrylic and charcoal on 61cm x 101cm 75lb paper
Although the opossum has claws and teeth, it rarely uses them, preferring the strategy of diversion to save itself. In Native American traditions the opossum symbolizes the proper use of deception and sensibility, specifically the use of brain over brawn. Opossum also provides guidance to uncovering talent, psychic or physical. The candle, in several traditions, symbolizes light in the darkness of life; illumination, spiritual, intellectual and literal. It’s use in ceremony is employed most commonly as purification/cleansing and to ward off evil. Opossum Medicine, The Candle And The Birth again deals with the concept of inspiration or idea generation. The artist here has a plan incubating within her as she invokes opossum medicine and the illumination of the candle to aid in the birth of her creation.
This is Ed and Christina. They’re a very charming couple. What makes a charming couple? When the sum can be divided into two equally rad parts. While the two have been in Austin for over a decade, I originally met them as Bay Area transplants. Ed and Christina’s insights, as to which areas of Oakland would be most suitable for me, were very helpful when I was looking for a place to inhabit. Here they are pictured with Buena Vista Matchbook Cover (Morning Fog) II , which I presented to them as a thank you for their help and for inviting me to their house the evening this photo was taken.
Post-Historic Neo-Craft™, 2008 51cm x 71cm acrylic on canvas
In the years, even decade, leading up to the current economic conditions I have noticed a strong trend in the return of various pioneer/homestead/artisan types of skills and interests. These interests include knitting, sewing, taxidermy, curing of meats, cheese making etc. Granted a number of these skills, such as fishing and hunting, never fell out of favor with certain folks but many others, after spending years getting bachelors degrees and some masters degrees as well, seem to have chucked it all and returned to the lifestyles of their great-grandparents. This phenomena I call Post-Historic Neo-Craft™. In this painting a Post-Historic Neo-Craft™ woman wears a a modern/victorian throwback sheer gown revealing a modern bra. The collar of the gown is decorated with infinity loops, signifying the return to mankind’s future past. She sits sewing at a very modern (expensive) computerized Bernina™ sewing machine, no doubt making an organic reclaimed hemp Edwardian hoop underskirt.
Don’t Let Your Emotions Straddle Events, 2008 acrylic and charcoal on 61cm x 101cm 75lb paper
Panic is a sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction.
This Is When I Realized You Were Nuts, (2008) is a larger than necessary (101cm x 61cm) charcoal and acrylic drawing commemorating a moment of epiphany.