My first large ink drawings. “Narcissus” is a commentary on the narcissism inherent in all self-portraits. “Chöd” is inspired by the Buddhist meditation of impermanence and death. I created both drawings from the digital photographs — I had a plastic skull in my studio at the time. I’m not sure if “Chöd” by itself reads as a vanitas without the characteristic symbols of pleasure, but it was created as a mix of western and eastern influences, and it is a companion image to “Narcissus.”
Six stages of the process in creating a painting.
The first self-portraits I painted at the beginning of my graduate interdisciplinary study in philosophy and art at CSULB.
“Selfless” is a self-portrait that flickers between representation and abstraction, between self and no-self.
The theme of the diptych “Broken” and “Fixed” is that of trauma and recovery, and art making as a healing process. The titles are taken from the Nine Inch Nails‘ EPs “Broken” and “Fixed” featuring songs and remixes with the cheerful titles like “Help Me I Am in Hell” and “Happiness in Slavery.” Good ol’ times!
I later created more abstract version of these paintings as a part of my graduate art research.