Creating New Worlds

My current artwork is going boldly where it has never been before. It’s a mashup of crazy pop culture influences from Jim Henson and Dr. Seuss to Star Trek. Not really sure how I got onto this train, but it sure is fun. I’ve always loved sci-fi shows and books about the future, both post-apocalyptic and Utopian (which often overlap) and then there was David Bowie’s death and the many days I spent immersed in Ziggy Stardust and Black Star imagery.

(Some stuff I’ve been reading lately: Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, and Mike Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts)

But if there’s something I’ve learned on this journey of mine, it’s that in these postmodern times, there’s nothing new under the sun, just your own unique take on it.

The challenge is combining these elements, which arise from such strange personal, and external sources to create a world just for them, with its own visual language and internal rules. It’s amazing to see these ideas grow and proliferate, almost with a momentum and drive all their own.

 

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Of course, much of this exploration is taking place in my sketchbooks, but I’ve created a few separate pieces to sell in my Etsy shop.

And soon, hopefully some bigger paintings will be the result of this journey!

Gouache, watercolor pencil, acrylic aquacryl on paper, 10.5 x 6 inches
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 6 x 6 inches
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