I am a founding member of The Dutch Masters? Guild. And could not be happier. God I love artists.
Yes, I see ghosts. I always have. I finally counted-up all of my strange experiences (I’m including aliens etc…) and the number was about 25.
I started this a while ago in school because of a professor’s obsession with this stuff, but she had had no personal experiences. I thought that was odd so while she lectured about her study of it I wrote and sketched my own real experiences.
I was working on my thesis show at the time so this sort of fell to the wayside. This seems like the perfect project to work on now while I am studioless and not ready to work on a serious project. I’ll post images as they finish.
I am sort of stuck for a studio right now. I need to wait until the end of June to get one, and it’s making me sort of crazy.
I make art because I have a need to express my ideas in a visual manner and also because I have a love of beautiful things and know I can make beautiful things (you are not supposed to say that -beauty is unpopular in art right now). But the main reason I make art is that it is the most effective means of keeping me sane.
I am starting to feel a bit unhinged now that it’s been 2 months since I’ve had a studio in which to really work. I’ve been drawing a bit, but not as much as I need to be. Also jetlag tends to leave me with a death-like sort of inertia for a couple of weeks which makes it hard for me to force myself to do anything.
So I’m starting a list of the inspirations and influences that are lurking below the surface of the work. At least I’m thinking about working.
1. Depression and anxiety – it seems crazy that this would be the #1 influence on my art, but it is. My needing to make art to fight these off is a large part of it, and my experiences in low mental health are a huge part of the subjects I explore in my work.
2. Yoko Ono
3. Poetry & Music
4. Urban Industrial Areas
5. Adventure stories from when I was a kid – both fiction and real life stuff like Jacques Cousteau
6. Insomniac thoughts and nightmares
7. Leonardo Da Vinci – his inventions, not his painting.
8. Islamic Art
10. Car rides through desolate areas
11. Star Trek
12. Cages and traps
13. Eva Hesse
14. Louise Bourgeois