January 7th, 2017
Major Arcana Artist Feature at The Hive Gallery and Studios
Hive Gallery and Studios
729 South Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90014
Jan, 04, 2017 — Jan, 26, 2017
Surreal Salon 9
Baton Rouge Gallery--Center for Contemporary Art
1515 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70808
Dec, 17, 2016 — Dec, 20, 2016
Tokyo +plus-ultra 2016
(Spiral1F) 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo Tel. 03-3498-1171 Phone: +81-3-3498-1171 In front of Exit B1 of Omotesando Station (Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda Lines)
As I clear my conscious mind it peels away to reveal the vast unconscious dimensions of my greater being. Because this awareness produced in me a natural affinity for eastern thought I refer to my works as “Jātaka Tales” or simply “Jātakas”. I see the challenges, enigmas, sentiments, and ephemera of my experience as similar to the historical 3rd person Jātaka narratives of Gautama Buddha prior to his enlightenment. The term "Budgie-Sattva" within my oeuvre is an appropriation combining the word budgie (parrot) with “bodhisattva”, or one who is still on the path toward perfect awareness.
The traditional Jātaka tales are an interesting collection of Buddhist allegories which recognize the subjective journey toward enlightenment by illustrating the groundwork an individual goes through. That groundwork manifests as incarnations of personal identity, experience, and learning; a framework allowing me to build a body of paintings pulling from my exterior and interior life. Traditional Jātaka tales describe multiple past lives of the Gautama Buddha, where each identity is a separate incarnation. In my works, these multiple incarnations of self are contained within one life. In effect, I am narrating contemporary Jātaka tales from the 1st person perspective.
About the Artist