As an artist I seek to create a dialogue between myself and my viewers. Not with words, but affect and sentiment. I don’t see it as my job to teach or manipulate my viewer. Rather I prefer to allow the viewer to read the subtleties of my work and draw their own conclusion as if having a conversation with the image. I see creating work that forcefully represents a worldview or ideal as propaganda, which I feel has no place in good company. Art should be thought provoking, not indoctrinating. Certainly every work will have it’s own worldview, but it should be presented in a fashion that welcomes conversation, not one that alienates other mindsets. It is good if it informs or expands the viewers understanding of the world, or makes them feel in new ways. I simply have no desire to make everyone think like me, regardless of how frustrating I may personally find their current views.
I make it my goal in my approach to confidently portray my thoughts and feelings in a visual way using realistic and surrealistic elements. This is intended to bring the viewer directly into contact with my inner visual thought process as I perceive it, whether it be an idea, dream, imagination, or conviction. Most of my work is apolitical and doesn’t purport a specific doctrine. Instead, it usually hones in on imagery that people find relatable, but is enigmatic, either by way of its uniqueness or by making the things that other’s overlook more prominent within the piece. I enjoy specificity, but not realism, which ironically sometimes gives a quasi-photographic impression. This is a result of the way I isolate specific features of an object and state them in a way I find pleasing.
I seek to draw from the experiences of others and through my art, resonate with my audience in some way to generate a rapport and social connection that for the viewer that bypasses my physical expression and cuts directly into what I am thinking, with the full force of the emotion and guiding sentiment behind it. I want them to know what I am feeling in the image, and to resonate with it, even if they themselves don’t share the same feelings about the subject matter.