Artist Statement
Over 3 years in the making; this show is inspired by a drawing that I made in late 2010 which I titled “Inside Me”. Right before I produced the drawing I was going through a lot, both emotionally & mentally; one day I felt a debilitating burst of energy inside of me, as if something on the inside was pushing to come out and I, in a trance like state, started drawing immediately and after 3 days, as if waking up from a dream, I had the finished drawing in front of me. It felt like the creative forces inside of me had used my body as a vehicle, as a tool, to find their way out and express themselves. The therapeutic and cathartic affect that that experience had on me has stayed with me since then; it opened new doors in my consciousness and strengthened the bridge between my inner world and my artistic expression which has only continued to grow stronger to bear heavier loads year after year.

 

These works are the result of constant experimentation, pushing the boundaries of my vision & skills, conversations & battles with my inner demons, fighting against the fragility of my human body, constantly journeying into my inner abyss and consciously letting the forces inside of me, use me as a vehicle to express themselves every time I feel an inner situation wants to come out and reveal itself. What you will witness is a brief collection of the voices, images, colors, symbols, energies & situations that have emerged out of the abyss so far; a glimpse of what I carry inside me. I create art not because I see it as a “profession” or something that I “do for a living” and I am also not trying to achieve anything; I am cursed and blessed with an uncontrollable urge to create which at this point of my life I can physically feel inside me just like I can feel my tongue in my mouth; I create art out of an inner necessity.

 

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

– Gospel of Thomas, verse 70