Rendered on wood or an electronic file? Yes. Click to enlarge, if you dare!
M Y A R T — "Analog and digital" describes this self-portrait because it exists in the physical realm, on wood, and yet it actually exists only in pixels on your monitor. The background of this piece, everything but the superimposed 'big' head, exists on a plywood base, and consists of my now-usual mix of paint, paper, and polyurethanes. You can touch it, and hang it on your wall. In fact it is hanging in my friend Meghan's home right now. The small images include various photos of me as a young child, and of my father, my mother and my aunt Hoohoo, all instrumental in helping to foster and develop my artistic soul. Images of me in my twenties, include my shirtless punk period with a Mohawk 'do—Polaroids playing around with a plastic nun figurine, bold and brash with a mix of meek and mild. The painted plaids, in this piece, tie all of these incarnations together in a loose, ragged, haphazard manner, evocative of so many of our lives. The large face superimposed over the wooden piece, however, is a recent digital photo of me. It's overlayed in Photoshop, making this form of the self-portrait "real" only in pixel form. There is no printout, or painting or multimedia piece extant. I think I may print it out and use it in some other piece, as a section of a new piece, but I may just leave it as is. I like the concept of some of my art being purely digital, some of my art having physical representations on wood, and some pieces bridging the gap between the two mediums.
Duality—but Then Again, I AM a Gemini
It's ironic, and just a bit interesting psychologically probably, that my art is about finding those shared common emotional experiences we all have tucked away somewhere, and I've only been able to do that by becoming a recluse. From a life spent out in the public eye, in both my day- and my night-life, while obsessively keeping my emotional distance from anyone and everyone, I now find myself at the opposite end of the spectrum, and finding it really comfortable there. I've shut myself off physically, but opened my emotions to the world via my art.