Sunday, April 28, 2013

Through the Veil

Through the Veil

This was created specifically for a gallery show in Grand Rapids, Michigan called "Into the Woods and Through the Veil." It was a group show held at the CODA gallery, and I got to share the wall with many lovely artists and friends, and curated by the one and only Jesse Gregg!

Possibly the hardest part about being in this show was writing the artist's statement. I suspect I get worse at it as time goes by. I don't fully understand what makes me dread them... My brain has a toddler-esque tantrum. I rage quit three to four times. Then, after much inner turmoil, I give in and write. It's a ridiculous routine. Especially when considering that I can cough up a blog post about my dislike of artist's statements in under 15 minutes. So one measly statement? Why the mental hullabaloo? Couldn't say, but this is what I came up with:
It is difficult to cut loose from what would bind us to the veneration of stifling traditions. It takes bold deeds, a questioning mind, and a desire for knowledge that is held out of bounds. The one who willingly traverses murky territories in search of forbidden enlightenment is typically called a “hero”. The ones who are made to suffer for these bold acts are perhaps held in the highest esteem, and we call them our “fallen heroes”. 
I am a fool for myth and sacred storied, but believe in none. 
This work was created using traditional media which is then colored and collaged onto digitally.

Some of you already know, but I've been hired onto the Digital Art and Production team at Dark Horse Comics. I feel this illustration has been greatly inspired by all the gorgeous art work that runs through the office on a daily bases. What's great about working there is that it makes me want to be better. Better at everything! I busted out my inks and tried to regain some old skill. Turns out I'm super rusty, and I ran back to my dirty pencils with my tail between my legs... but I so enjoyed the process that I plan to keep playing.
ink on board

framed up and lookin' important at the C.O.D.A Gallery.