Mixed Media - 8X10 - 2012
I rarely set out to make artwork "about" something, unless I have been asked to do a CD cover (which is also quite rare). When it comes to collage, I leaf through my massive cache until I find something that appeals to me; then I keep looking in order to find something that either looks good with the first thing, or looks interesting with the first thing, or makes me laugh when put with the first thing. Then it goes from there.
To wit, this piece involving indigenous persons. I'm not trying to say anything. It just "happened", man. (The face painted in white is from a picture of Elvis... what does that mean?). But if it does say something to someone, I enjoy that! I love hearing what people see in my artwork- it's always a big surprise. I couldn't stop thinking about Marek Tyler while making this one- he's studying Indigenous Business. Or as I like to call it, The Indigenous Bidness. I hope you like this one, Marek!
On the topic of whether or not art should make a statement, here is a recent clip of Laurie Anderson talking about just that. I like how she is unafraid to state what she thinks, but at the same time is unafraid to say when she doesn't know what to think about something: