At one point, repurposed print media was an essential part of my artwork. I leveraged the meaning certain images, illustrations, or works carried with them and used that in my pieces to create tension through odd juxtaposition. Artist Robert Raschenberg and journalist Dan Eldon were heavy influences on me.
Sometimes the incorporation of printed images feels like cheating — a quick solution? Or relying too heavily on someone else’s skills? (I’ve have an aversion to spending hours of my life trying to paint or draw anything photorealistically). But as I’ve been thinking about appropriation and general theft of imagery, it seems that media has made it’s way back into my artistic vocabulary.
Within photos from my hikes are the textures and colors of landscapes — which can be deconstructed and treated as brush strokes towards abstract attachments.