These are my two newest pieces that I recently showed at Ayden Gallery last month.
This piece is more on the conceptual side of things for me. I often think about public views on graffiti culture a lot, which is why I appropriated the saying “If the walls could talk” as a starting point that draws in the most common person. One of the things that’s most interesting about graffiti is how messages or names appear, and are removed. new ones appear, and are removed again. This back and forth interaction is often never documented or appreciated, it just comes and goes and we forget about the story that is always ongoing. I chose the following message in the piece “Then what would we see” to illustrate what I was discussing was a visual thing, that we see the walls talking versus hearing them. I wanted the painting to have a transparent feel to it, almost as though the viewer would be reading right through the painting to the bare wood underneath. In the street when graffiti is removed its often just painted over with solid colour. I wanted to mimic this idea, but also show what was once underneath at the same time, blurring the layers of application. the first markings I made on the board are as leveled and relevent as the final marks. It was pretty tricky for me to wrap my head around my own idea and how I was going to pull it off. The process was very touch and go with little room for error, the whole time doing it I felt as though it would be really easy to overwork the painting. I didnt expect it to turn out the way it did but I think it came out better than I had imagined.