"exercise these demons" 2018

Throughout the duration of my career, my art has been defined by a strong signature aesthetic. However, I can also see why some people feel that my work lacked ‘depth’ in the traditional sense. It's been one of the biggest challenges I’ve received from art critics, yet I always brushed this aside because I simply didn't care. It is my belief that art can be purely aesthetic. It doesn't have to communicate anything because it's not design. That's precisely what makes it art. This series is the culmination of a deadly yet beautiful cocktail of events that have unfolded over the course of the last year that include, love, life, and death. Part of this was by design -- the social media reset, the re-brand, the switch to painting and then back to paper -- and the rest has simply been the beautiful unpredictability of life. I choose not to get rid of my demons, because I would be devoid of what makes me... well, me.  I love being polarizing and outspoken. I love the juxtaposition between the paralyzing introspection/social anxiety and the life-of-the-party attitude that all live within me. I love having a good story to tell. Everything in life needs balance; the sinners need the saints and the saints need the sinners. This series is me exercising, rather than exorcising, my demons. I don't want them to go away, I want to make them better. I want to coexist with them and I want them to coexist with my art. Artists bare our souls for the world's entertainment and consumption. Artists create and the audience consumes. Consider this initial release of paintings the first course.

"love.me1" - 48" x 36" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"love.me2" - 48" x 36" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"love.me3" - 48" x 36" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"belle_mort1.jpg" - 48" x 36" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"belle_mort2.jpg" - 48" x 36" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"belle_mort3.jpg" - 48" x 36" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"The Bad Guy Doesn't Die in ths One" - 40" x 30" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"Turn Thee" - 40" x 30" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"Give Me My Sin Again" - 30" x 30" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"Prick Love for Pricking" - 30" x 24" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"Fortune's Fool" - 30" x 24" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas

"Three Great Loves" - Three (3) 8" x 6" Acrylic and Cut-Paper on Canvas