Birds—I’m attracted not only to their beautiful structure and poise, but also to their potential as metaphors for the human condition. I find that the layering of detailed drawing over book pages and found paper creates an intriguing interaction of the digitally produced and the handmade.
The drawings on bills and other mail explores a common stressor (especially among creative people) of paying bills, managing finances, and sorting through the seemingly endless deluge of paperwork and junk mail. In a consumer and debt-based economy, an absurd amount of advertisements and credit offers come through our mail every day. In many of these drawings, I make a playful commentary on predatory businesses and the role of lending institutions in the financial collapse. Ultimately, I explore our struggles to exist within and to navigate through this absurdity.
These pieces are usually done in colored pencil and gouache drawn directly on mail and other found paper.