Fragmented Ontology (2): Sci-fi Cupcake. deconstructing identity through visual representations of figures in rooms that might sometimes stand in for objects or robots. Feeling fragmented is what every twenty-something goes through, yet this feeling is also abetted by a general sense of joblessness most American millennials face today.
Oil on canvas with marbled nail polish, 11 x 13 inches, 2015. Reference.
“https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_in_the_Blue_Bra ,” oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches, 2012.
“Couple Underground,” from Fragmented Ontologies series, oil on canvas, 53 x 68 inches. Sold.
“Thank you Daniel Rangel Borja,” oil on the back of student-grade canvas with movable, gray painter’s palette cut out, 9 x 12 inches, 2015. Painting on the backs of canvases is nothing new: http://doves2day.blogspot.com/2012/01/warning-to-wicked-women.html
“Study of Brush Strokes and Harry Smith,” oil on canvas, 23 x 25 inches, 2015 (inspired by a Philip Taafe monoprint of twin snakes and Harry Smith’s paintings). One coping method for trauma is taking on, or at least dabbling with, mystical and spiritual beliefs. “The year of magical thinking” is what author Joan Didion called her grieving period after her husband’s death. The author experienced a time of inverted logic: objects took on new and unwarranted meanings for her. When I was going through my own “year,” I experienced similar circumstances. The piece above is a record of my short lived attempt at navigating trauma’s treacherous and fantastical terrain.
“A Portrait of Me as a Cyborg Laughing at the Art World,” oil on canvas with marbled nail polish, 21 x 25 inches, 2015.
“This is a study of a candle and candle wick,” oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, 2015. Inspired by a painting of Japanese avant-garde artist Kazuo Shiraga in MOCA’s 2012, “Painting the Void” exhibition in Los Angeles. Pricing: (310) 597 – 0659.
“Fragmented Ontology (1) and Mondrian, an Inquiry,” oil on canvas with ball-point pen, 11 x 14 inches, 2015. Pricing: (310) 597 – 0659.
“When I first moved to Los Angeles from New York City, I was persuaded that painting on the streets was my best option— people stepped on my work. Mystic Wall Curtain,” acrylic on shower curtain and polyethylene dry cleaners bag, Dimensions vary.
“I toyed with the idea that one could gain strength through mystics, but it is not so,” oil on canvas with rose petals, ball-pen, pencil and nail polish. 48 x 48 inches, 2015. Pricing: (310) 597 – 0659. http://www.besantlodge.com/about.html; http://gnosis.org/gnostsoc/besant.html