Avoiding Disasters of Thought, 2016
Enamel on cradled wood panel
35 x 28 in
About the piece
A piece from the artist's Melt's body of work. In this work, the artist manipulates the properties of household paints into abstraction, and focuses on topics that originate and remain close to our hearts.
About the artist
I grew up in rural southern Illinois. After high school my first years of college were spent in southern California. I began art studies, which I enjoyed for the three years alongside general studies classes. My most important lessons came outside of the university setting however. Graffiti was introduced to me in the days when it was still somewhat of a folk culture, with knowledge passed down from artist to artist. I was captivated. The graffiti art movement which began in the 70’s, and was reaching another peak in the then current 2001, is one I highly respect and believe will be remembered as one of the most influential and pure movements of our contemporary years. Many aspects of graffiti art and lessons learned through the discipline still affect my work today. I then made the move back to southern Illinois and redirected myself away from art studies through several other majors, graduating with high honors. This broad education, along with incessant reading, drawing, and painting throughout, has shaped my thoughts since, and each source of knowledge undoubtedly informs my current artwork. After a 6 year business career interlaced with continual art commissions, I’m back to the first thing that drew me in. Art is what I’m happiest doing, and where I fit best. It tests my will, determination and spirit, while building them at the same time. Heavy thoughtfulness and diligence to a productive output of quality work that also relates to the ingrained purpose in all of our lives is my hopeful mindset every day.