Free Sheep Bald (2010)

(2010) mural painted for the Free Sheep Foundation, Seattle

 

Something that I truly love is solving space through design. For me in this case, this means finding a way to take a space that is undervalued and make the entirety of this space something special. I have a real obsession with confronting the hard to reach spots, wanting to fill every last nook. Leading the viewer on a journey that has uncountable ways that it could be traversed. There is something quite satisfying about using a pen up entirely from start to finish. This mural consisted of an underpainting of spray paint color. Then, fifteen hours continuously of hand drawn work until the pen gave up.

 

619 banner (2005)

(2005) mural painted on banner

 

I painted this banner while living in a small studio apartment. When I got the 30’ by 8’ vinyl banner home my first obstacle was to unfold this massive canvas and set it up so that I could paint it in my small space. I decided that I was going to navigate this banner into a scroll configuration so I could easily work from one end to the other. Panic set in a bit after I had unfolded the banner in my small space and subsequently filled my home with a slightly tangled heavy banner, after about an hour of pushing and pulling I finally wrangled this piece into the configuration I was aiming for, it was an adventure for sure, there was quite a few moments when i was sure I wasn’t going to get the banner under control though.

 

Photo Anthony Rigano

 

I hung this banner off the third floor fire escape of the 619 building for an art walk evening. It was really satisfying to see the whole piece unroll and hang from the building, up to that point I had not seen the whole piece together. 

 

 

A few months later I paired down this banner and cut it into ten sections that I, one by one, turned into stretched paintings on wooden frames. Each paired down piece I added to with adhesive vinyl and/or new colors of acrylic paint.