Incorporating the Japanese term 'mono' (物), which encompasses both 'object' and 'thing', these images try to transcend the digital and evoke tangibility, inviting viewers to bridge the gap between the virtual and the palpable.
I envisioned delicate sea anemone-like things as kitschy sun-bleached floral arrangements encased within Victorian parlour domes. Or they could perhaps be faded prints and photographs from the same era, that years later now have that unique musty scent of aged paper.
Rather than striving for authenticity, I enjoyed molding form and color into these vessel-esque creations, evoking the essence of Japanese teacups while embracing a sense of playfulness like being in front of a digital potter's wheel.
From the whimsy within the 16th-century alchemical text, Splendor Solis, I'm captivated by the theatrical dragons, peacocks, and fantastical creations emerging from bizarre concoctions. Inspired, I embarked on an alchemical journey, attempting to conjure a touch of wonder and magic in my own jars.
Matisse's own cut-outs encourage a spontaneous burst of creativity, urging one to embrace artistry without restraint. In a similar vein, I consider my these pieces akin to digital versions of color paper and scissors, evoking the same kind of liberating and uninhibited playfulness.
The Ashley Books of Knots' vivid instructions evoke a strange queasiness inside of me. This inspired me to reimagine knots as visceral body-horror art, while preserving their intricate functionality. The leap from text to twisted art felt as I had jumped into the mind of an eccentric artisan butcher.
Within these images, I envision primal bursts—atoms, cells, planets, or galaxies—captured in their embryonic essence. It's as though an inconceivably potent microscope unveils their nascent beauty, unveiling a world of creation.
In Japan, the sound of cicadas epitomize summer. Their distinctive chorus echoes through the season. Emerging briefly, their surreal existence inspired this tribute to the fallen cicada, and their fleeting, extraordinary life.