NATIVE ESSENCE ART
What is the essence of a person, place, or experience- what is its texture? We are an amalgamation of our own realities, memories, feelings, and aesthetic preferences. Our native fibers are simply fragments of where we have been, experiences we have had, things we have seen. Once our experiences become memory, our minds jump to brief snapshots, almost blinks- of texture, colors, and feelings- which is reflected in my work. Silhouettes are extremely personal, as is all portraiture. No one person has the same silhouette, just as no person has the same native essence. I strive to explore the intimate, personal nature of each subject through related imagery and texture- which evolves through an organic process. I create my collages entirely by hand, cutting from my own imagery and magazine imagery. Creating this work using analogue methods is integral to feeling in touch with the subject. Working from words that embody my subject, evolves imagery. Working from imagery, evolves texture and symbolism. I follow my intuition to visually describe my subjects, and once the piece is complete, it comes to reflect the subject’s essence or a facet of such, in a subconscious and visceral manner.