i'm often asked why i use stencils instead of just painting the image. sometimes i'm criticized for it. i love stencils. i love the way they look. i think they work well with the way i draw (all of my stencils are original drawings). and the idea of a 'graphic' on the surface lends to the layering that i use from the beginning in building the assemblage. i love stencils for their use in street art, but also for the way my mother used them to paint the border on the bathroom cabinets when i was a kid. stencils are, more or less, a craft media.
this is the first body of assemblage work i've created using spray paint instead of oils. in the past i've always brushed on, mostly single color stencils, and then colored them in. this time, i made multi-color stencils to have a much more layered effect. after working on the quilt in winamac, i found pattern coming into everything i was doing. i love the idea that fabric patterns from quilts can give context without painting an actual space. these patterns look like indiana. they come from table clothes, curtains, and quilts.
|bird cage. another of the first ones i completed. the tv is a light box that plugs into the wall.|
|american gothic : this is the first piece in the series that i finished. the kids running and the 'american gothic' couple are stencils from the winamac mural. the iphone walkers are certainly inspired by what we see regularly on campus.|
|ideas are hard to swat like flies. this painting was a struggle, as i changed so many things on it so many times. in the end i just made it about struggling to make something.|
|commercial influence. trying to talk about the effect of television on the influence of culture and economics. the mirror is how you're involved.|
|the state of education. this is one of my favorites from this body of work.|