This freedom that you have come across in your life, has that influenced you in your work today? It has. I have spent a lot of time getting outside of my own perception, and or my own molecular construction of my own reality. Everyone that I met along the way, I’m trying to channel, and deal with the realization of wow, I have been here this entire time, and not knowing the idea of what is going to happen next with my paintings, if you are not ok with the idea of that anything can happen with your painting and or any type of work. It took a long time to deal with the realization, of the ideas of not knowing what’s going to happen next, but also making sure that decisions that I am making are beneficial for myself, and my journey. Because if something happens that really doesn’t quite fit, then your plan can really be detrimental. It’s also fun to party and get down, but also there is something you need to find within yourself and within your own mind, finding something that you can explain this energy, or this dark or tormented state, whether that may be some sort of family history, or suffering, and having this outlet to express this, and to relieve this pressure of experience, which is what a lot of my work expresses. Sometimes my pieces are really dark, the ones that you are looking at here now, sometimes my work can be a reflection of how I feel, and how I see subconsciously, or consciously. I hope that people can create sort of their own experience from it, and maybe receive.
Is there a message that you are trying to get across to your viewers when creating? I’m trying to portray and or capture, a very elemental sense of energy, and while at the same time, not trying to flood too much information onto the viewer, because there is information everywhere all the time, and this pollutes my way of thinking or how I perceive time, and its kind of nice to not have this official answer of what may or may not be going into my work, I think people have this idea of, “your only an artist if you do this” and there isn’t a certain way of how things are supposed to look, so its nice for people to make up their own mind, but I also want them to know that there is no right or wrong answer, and for people to have their own freedom within the work.
Who do you think has influenced you the most? Between artists, and or other people? I would say more than other artists that I would read in a book or anything else along those lines, but people that I have met along the way, and most of them, you wouldn’t know who they are because they are just people, the ones that are in the books, its inspiring. I like Willem De Kooning, Kandinsky, and English painter I really like, Ken Kiff, and then Karl Zerbe. And a lot of the people that I have met along the way, their spirit and their energy, the people that I am with everyday, who are there trying to support me, and capturing every moment that I have with them.
Tell us your goals, you have worked with a lot of different people, and have started these collective and collaborative spaces, but besides being a painter, what are your ultimate goals? First and for most is to continue to evolve within my work, and let my work help guide me through life, and be a source of meditation and practice, and some sort of documentation of the everyday experience, waking, sleeping, dreaming. So that, despite any other capitalistic goals that I may have, continuing to servive, and support others. I was also thinking of using art to help other people, this leading into some sort of art therapy, and just to keep painting. That’s it.
What is your idea of success? Is coming to a place where you can help yourself and help others, feeding into the good energy, where you can counter all of the negative forces around, trying to not freak out or get to angry about things, and to keep moving.
Working for a performance artist, how does this effect you as a visual artist? In the past I was working for Marina Abramovic, and seeing an entire body of lifes work form her, and dedication to following through with personal adventure – just sort of the eccentric compassion for art and for living this life style of innovation, which got me excited as to what I could possibly do as I got older. I began to organize my life more, I just think in the literal artistic sense, art is art, energy is energy, and practice is practice, and most importantly good people.