In all my work I create combinations; combinations of shapes, color, materials, objects, etc. I find it interesting when these pairings create a juxtaposition. In my recent work I have been exploring the concept of abstracting physical identity, and find interest in the juxtaposition that abstraction creates.
The white square is one method I use in my collage and drawing work to abstract the physical identity. Appropriated from Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, as a symbol of ultimate abstraction, but Malevich also found spiritual significance in the square. My own spirituality and personal interaction with God makes up a large part of my life, so I sometimes use the square to express this.
Untitled (Contrast) is an exploration with the concept of abstracting the physical identity, and moving it from my 2D work into a physical media that I can use in performance, photography, and video. With Untitled (Contrast) I am creating a juxtaposition, or contrast, with the square and my body, and a contrast between myself and my environment. As a side, one could see the square (or cube) as my head being a metaphor for my metaphysical identity in my spirituality. I feel that this is a deeper concept I will explore more in the future but is not the main focus for this work.
The 16″x16″x16″ cube fully encompasses my head and is constructed with plexiglass and uses an advertisements sticker used on car windows, which allows me to see out but obstructs the view of my face to the viewer. Video at posted URL.