Breathing and Panicking
Foreground These are all screen prints. Individually, they've been in 12 juried exhibitions. This is the first time they've been assembled in a single exhibition. I used screen printing as a way of drawing with opaque color- basically, painting without really painting. Most of the images are harsh and overly complicated. In 2008 I felt the urge to push my images to unnecessary extremes, packing them with excessive detail. They represent a very stressful couple of years of my life. Isolation, panic attacks, lingering anxiety. A chaotic and confusing time. Presently, hard to relate to. "Werewolf I" was a conquering of some of those internal problems. Clarity of vision, less than ten colors (with a more muted palette), an edition of 4. It was a sign of things to come- a wanting to escape the messy, cluttered imagery (and ultimately screen printing). Being more direct has since been the goal that I strive for. Less is more. I'm reminded of an analogy that Greg Reuter gave about art performing like an athlete (trimming excess fat, keeping it lean).