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The Gentle Slam

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PAINTINGS

My paintings deal with themes of social identity, alienation, equality and spiritual reflection. Sociopolitical messages and personal attitudes are conveyed through a fusion of Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism and calligraphic inspired elements.

 

In the series, Alien Love, I depict a race of alien beings with an alien language, called Ackerman code, an intermix of numbers, words and symbols. Originally, a commentary for LGBTQ+ rights and freedoms, the narrative has grown to include any social group which has been alienated in society.

Working primarily in acrylics, I begin my paintings with black or white backgrounds, representing the boundaries which exist between society and the individual. Brightly painted figures in the foreground symbolize values of personal freedom and expression.

The black and white labels float through these environments as reminders of social adherence and personal preference.

My paintings become a process of breaking through barriers, solving problems and creating balance and harmony.

 

SONGS

I craft my own brand of rock music, employing hard edged raspy vocals and luxurious glam-infused vocals. My ambient electronic soundscapes represent the alternate domain of my musical repertoire. Each piece is an invitation into an immersive experience. Place a pair of headphones upon your head for full immersion and the journey begins.

 

PERFORMANCES

My performances consist of spoken word and sound. Video and live performance are my vehicles for presenting the work. These narrative driven pieces become an integral part of my immersive experience projects.

 

 

IMMERSIVE PROJECTS

My immersive projects are the culmination of the different facets of my work. Utilizing painting, sound, video, performance and installation, I transform a space into an alien world. If not a physical space, then the world inside the video screen, for an immersive video experience. I explore the connection between artist and audience. As I guide you through my world, dissolving boundaries along the way, you become experiencer and eventually participant in the unfolding events of the work.

CURRENT WORK

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My trip to New York, in Summer 2021, breathed new life into my art practice. I developed a new collection of songs and staged several studio and live performances.

I'm currently developing my next immersive projects to be featured in  exhibition in early 2022.

By embracing new media, I continue to push the limits of what is possible for my work. My practice becomes a path for experimentation of new ideas, integration of different media forms and the expansion of my evolving art practice.