This painting was done when I started to practice anthropomorphizing animals. This concept is something I had been fascinated with for a very long time due to my on going interest in the ethology of humans and the psychology surrounding that.
The Raven symbolizes an intelligent, mysterious, female creature who finds herself isolated through the cultural judgements about her sexuality, what she is and what she must do to survive.
We'll Always Have Paris
Here I have joined the bodies of Perez Hilton and Paris Hilton. One a columnist, the other an heir to the Hilton fortune. Both are merely television personalities and relevant in terms of pop culture. The importance of these people and their contribution to society as a whole is minimal. Yet, the obsession and perpetual support of their popularity seems to persist. It all seems too surreal at times, hence the playfulness and silliness with the subject matter. The title is suggestive of the notion that we will always have these talentless personality types consuming mass media.
The Outcast was developed through my personal experience while attending college. The sheep's two heads is a symbol of binary thinking. One looking to the glass house, academia, and one looking outward to the rest of the world. The sheep is tall, out of place and feels torn between two worlds. It has gears placed inside signifying its proletariat roots. It wonders if it will fit in the glass house. The Outcast does have herd like tendencies and desires to fit in to this academic world.
In The Burden there is the same symbolism used here as in The Outcast. We see the sheep, glass house and machine gears. There is a non-traditional border to intentionally create some confusion about who is carrying the weight. But in actuality neither human or sheep is carrying the weight. Rather they are both pinned under the system with the probability of being brain washed.
Above is a simple drawing of what appears to be an institution. Below a factory where vellum, the device in which graduates would hold their degrees, is made from sheep's skin. The placement of these images is intentional. One being above the other and held in high authority. And below, the process of production being disregarded and often hidden away.
The Thinking Cap is a reference used in education quiet often. But what does it mean to ask that question inside of an institution? The cap creates an image of actually utilizing a cap from the institution itself. That sometimes there can be no original thought in a glass house.
This print plays with imagery of the female figure and the "Y" from the Hindi word, Yoni, which refers to the female genitalia. The title and image of three female figures work together to express a proletariat notion of female comradery and togetherness.