. . . actually imaginative visual art
A combination of teenage angst and a romantic view of what beauty is resulted in a union between the free flowing look of handwritten poetry and the bold finality of the word "commence." The duality of the colored handmade paper represents both the idea of leaving behind innocence as well as the uncertainty of the actual desire to abandon childhood. With the random placement of color there is an illusion of adulthood breaking through the bonds of immaturity.
Marriage brings people together with a need to express how strong their love is. Within the paper is embedded moss that reflects the many directions a marriage can take as well as veins that sustain the heart of a relationship. Inside the veins of the "L" in the word love are statements of what true love becomes the source for in a marriage. The contrast of green and pink represent the male/female and how two elements that seem so opposite can work together to create something of beauty.
The birth of a child is an event that invokes an introspective look into life. The color placement and its interaction with the word "innocence" represents the bringing forth of a new life. The importance of the word and the idea of birth is emphasized by the size of the letters themselves. The poem that spans the left side of the piece discusses the awe and reverence that the parents feel about the child that they are bringing into the world.
The finality of death is an occasion that demands a somber respect. A stenciled poem on the right side of the paper that, on occasion, bleeds off of the page, echoes the idea of departure. The red of the top color randomly bleeds into the letterforms that represents a movement from one stage of life to the end of it. The poem itself contains a dual intent with specific words emphasized by scale to create a visually separate poem within the poem.
Graduation is the ending of one part of life and the beginning of another. On the entire left side of the piece are all synonyms for the word "finish," and opposite are variations of the word "begin." The center of the paper has a ripped valley that represents both the struggle that occurs when passing into a new phase of life, as well as the destructive nature a destroyer has in just wanting to be finished with the institution of education.
Marriage for most people symbolizes a union or a joining of two lives. As a satire this piece demonstrates the opposite idea: the freedom of divorce. The size of the word "free" is a focal point. The phrase "i hate you" is written over the entire page and adds an element of drama. Over one of the words "hate" there is the word "Love" in deep red that symbolizes the lost emotion.
With the birth of a child there is a loss of the parents individualism and their independence. In this piece, the word "parents" is centered on the page to symbolize that a child is now at the center of their life. It is also tied with twine to symbolize the idea that the parents are now trapped into caring for a child and have lost themselves to this new life.
When death occurs the simple idea of being buried and surrounded by earth is the focus of this milestone. The bold type of the word "DUST" is embedded just under the surface of the paper to reflect the concept of burial. Extreme texture and ashes add to the idea of ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
High school and graduation for a clown is full of pranks, jokes and good old fashioned humor. Along the left side of the piece are all of the different things a clown has participated in during their time in high school. An embedded silhouette of a graduate breaks the page and visually stops the pranks until you see the options that are left to them after they graduate.
One joke about getting married is that the wife can ask her husband to do any task and he will agree. This piece is a tribute to that idea. Inside each of the letters of the word "yes" are random requests that she could ask. Underneath that is the word "dear" with kiss prints all over it. They symbolize the "payment" for all of the requests.
Making a baby can be perceived in many different directions for a clown. The symbols for male and female are embedded into the paper positioned in a way that resembles the action of having sex. Inside the head, or egg, of the woman are variations of the term "having sex." Directly below the female are nine ellipses mirroring the nine months of pregnancy. And the result is a baby.
Even though death is a solemn occasion, the clown can always find the funny in it. The giant number 6 is embedded in the paper with the word "under" stenciled next to it. All over the paper in different places are groups of six feet stamped on the page. From a distance they resemble fallen leaves but when you look closer the feet are clearly visible which completes the visual pun. On the side of the 6 are different ways to describe dying, in a humorous way.