In a recent interview from Stolenspace Gallery, you’ve discussed, “Something different, Something New”, that it refers to the times in which we live in. Would you care give us an example piece(s) and the specific topics it discuss?
The title “Something Different, Something New” refers not specifically to an individual artwork I shall be exhibiting, but to the overall conversation I wish to initiate. It is becoming increasingly obvious, even to those who make an effort to avoid political issues and current events, that the framework of the system we’re born into isn’t equipped to deal with the issues we face as humans, it is in a state of disrepair and has led us to this unfavorable predicament. It has come so far that we cannot hope to change things in a positive way if we look only at what already exists, we must find something different, something entirely new. My paintings are physical sources of positive energy, portals of positivity which allow me to temporarily stop thinking about what “Something Different, Something New” could be.
It really pains me that our world is in such a bad state, literally not a single day goes by that I do not ponder our predicament and how we may get ourselves out of it; during the act of creation I am able to disconnect temporarily from the forced situation we find ourselves in and focus only on creating something which gives me a window to something else. It is definitely a form of escapism, but I do not wish to only help people escape. I like it when people are positively affected by my work, it is fascinating to me that one can create something which gives others such immense satisfaction. There is still so much that humans have to learn.
I am still deep in the creative process on the body of work I shall be showing in ‘Something Different, Something New’, and the titles of the works most often come after I have finished the piece, so I cannot comment just yet on a work I shall be exhibiting. But for example, take the piece ‘Overthrowing The Old Order’, this is a painting I made for my independent solo show last year, which is now in a private collection. The visual elements present in that particular piece are in no way overtly political, but by having the title ‘Overthrowing The Old Order’, this leads one to ponder such things when you look at it. And when you do stand in front of it considering what a title could mean in relation to such an artwork, important conversations are started inside the mind. I like that. I like that you can do this through the creation and exhibiting of an artwork, being an artist allows you to start conversations in very unorthodox ways. The work shown in ‘Something Different, Something New’ will hopefully start some much needed conversations.