Sometimes in life I feel I have little or no control in what is happening around me. My main concern is that I am not alone in this situation. There are children and teenagers facing this dilemma constantly. However through art, and my art specifically I have found ways to deal with, or to have control in handling the situation.
Therefore, when someone looks into a piece I have created they will see that I incorporate all types of “junk” into my work. Broken bottles, old toys, shredded magazines, and whatever else helps express my feelings are key ingredients in getting my message across. By applying thick paint and mud to a piece of art is essential in relieving my inner most anxieties. To replicate this in a sketchbook, I took collage items from the ground, news stands, and anything else that "called to me".
However I also work realistically as well. I believe this helps me look at life in a clear view, to see it as it really is. Sometimes the best way to relieve stress is being able to show on paper what images are going through my head. This is important because I want to be able to inspire those who look at my art. I want them to walk away knowing art is the deepest form of expression for me. I want to inspire others to take that first step and begin to explore who they really are through their art.
My main audience is that of the youth. This is why I have studied and experimented with so many different mediums over my life. Most of the time I want to take a blank canvas and fill it with my emotion. Other times it is ultimately rewarding to capture someone else’s emotion with my camera. So through out my continual artist journey I try and think, “How can I best express my emotions and still inspire others to use their creative voice?”
I look back to the memory of when I first felt empowered in my life. It was during junior high, as it seems a lot of youth struggle to find themselves, and I remember my 8th grade art teacher telling me how unique my drawing of this particular still life was. I felt inspired, just to be alive.
I want others to look at my art and walk away with knowing that they too can achieve this ultimate satisfaction for life through expressive, realistic, or any art that fits them. Art can teach one to gain control, or to be alright with not having control and this is what I believe to be the most important concept an adolescent can grasp.
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