I’m going to be showing my digital collages at Diva Espresso during the September Wallingford Art Walk, in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.
Where: Diva Espresso, 4615 Stone Way N, Seattle
When: Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
The cafe is also open every day from 6:00 – 6:00, and my work will be up for the month of September.
I’m excited to continue this introduction of my work to Seattle, with three shows in three months!
And although I’m usually a painter, this work is close to my heart right now. Inspired by moving across the country and creating a new life in a new location, I’m very interested in editing photos I’ve taken. Cutting and pasting familiar items (figures, cars, fish) and placing them together in fantastical compositions, essentially creating a whole new world, comes closest to approximating the geographic and emotional displacement that I’m experiencing now.
Don’t misunderstand: I’m thrilled overall to have made this move. But finding my way, literally, in this new place, and figuring out how to get where I want to go, and learning how to function in my new surroundings are a learning process.
Considering my place in the world has become increasingly important in recent months because, for my wife and me, changing our location has a real effect on our marital status. Crossing state lines can, in an instant, erase my marriage. Yet, that jarring thought is balanced by increasing acceptance in other locations.
These feelings of geographic and emotional displacement are a current underpinning of my work, and fittingly, many works convey a tension based on waiting and watching. Yet, I’m happy in my move and newlywed status, so I’m also relishing the simultaneous joy of pioneering through unfamiliar territory. This joy has been a freeing influence on my work, allowing the imaginary world to become increasingly fantastical, and displaying a whimsical humor.