As we have moved through the thousands of years of modern society, little by little, our world has gone from being a quilt of societies to a collage of cultures.
The quilt represented the old guard of fixed societies stitched together and repeated. Our modern collage is a layered pastiche interspersed to form new vocabulary.
This book represents my journey through the last decade. It's filled with collages that are composed primarily from my photography and laced with newspaper clippings & acquired pop culture imagery. I have no training in art. My art is completely self taught. It represents work that is supposed to be accessible and yet challenging. Much of it around ideas like immigration, social understanding, health and wealth. It was my way of getting off the beaten path from a career in the corporate world to seeing and exploring the world in ways I never had a chance to when I was younger. It often involved going to places your not supposed to go. Sometimes doing things your not supposed to do. Living around events that shaped the last decade and will continue to shape this century. Everything done with the intention of translating the event into something that could be pondered over long after the smoke has cleared.
While our world has become more transparent
through tools like the internet, it has also become
more complex with layers and layers overlaid on
each other. Sometimes everything is happening so
fast you barely have time to take anything in.
Often we miss details not because they are right in
front of us but because there are too many details
in front of us. When things seem like there getting
out of hand, a red light will always be a red light,
take the time to stop. The train comes by more
than once a day.