"... a better place" is a series inspired by my experiences living in Philadelphia while in graduate school at Temple, Tyler ASchool of Art. These drawings, sculptural installations and videos, where my reaction to my new environment. I researched the ideologies of upper class, the propaganda of the lower class, and the ways they connect and repeat throughout history trying to create an explanation for the lonesomeness I felt.
In this research, I zeroed in on how sixteenth century wallpaper and nursery rhymes have discreetly propagandized social concerns. These seeming mundane wallpapers and supposed nonsensical nursery rhymes of the 1500’s tell stories of persecution, decease, poverty, and corruption. During this research, I have discovered that history has repeated many of the same social concerns.
In addition to class wars and oppressive politics, new social concerns of ecological change arise. Throughout time, man has created mythology about an impending apocalypse. Past and current apocalyptic fears are tightly woven with social concerns. This is why my drawings and paintings not only deal with these historical and contemporary social concerns but also introduce the concern of ecological change, also known as Global Warming.
I aim to continue this oral and pictorial history by illustrating my own social, economic and environmental concerns with narratives of post apocalyptic utopia. In these narratives, I use the Pit Bull as a symbol for mans corruption of nature. The pit bull, which was originally breed for royal blood sporting in the sixteenth century, now overpopulates ghettos across America, and therefore embodies the ideologies of both the upper class, social concerns of the lower class and man’s foreseeable effects on nature.
My Illustrations range from picture book cartoony to young adult folksy fables. I work in many materials including watercolor, ink wash, oil paint, gouache, and ballpoint pen. I aspire to create worlds you can fall into and characters who touch the heart. :)