I thought I would release this since it should be released sometime. It’s funny seeing my perspective a year ago when I conceived this series is so different from my perspective now yet still so much the same. I think I have become much more introspective of late and I’ve been working much bigger. I was originally supposed to do a show for these, but I feel too much time has eclipsed. Perhaps I will just debut my new, larger pieces but I kind of want to do that in an epic, cross-media show. We’ll see what happens!
What made you evolve from surrealist symbolism to surrealist symbolic realism?
I think it is a bit of a reprieve for me. Sometimes, it is nice to travel a bit, to explore the outside world and then bring back artifacts, memories, experiences. Drawing realistic things is like that for me: to experience natural forms intimately in order to look at my own world with a different perspective. I need to do this now and then to fertilize my world.
Is there a particular challenge you’ve set yourself for this most recent series?
Hmm, after exploring the symbolic confines of my world quite intensely, I felt the need to momentarily leave it and just explore natural shapes outside of me. This series was an exploration of those external forms, and the challenge was in trying to find unearth bits of their kami (to use the Japanese term for the spirit within things) within my drawings.
Are there any thinkers, artists, philosophers, writers, or musicians that your work is channeling or that you feel is reflected in your work?
I feel I channel a whole sea of voices that I cannot always account for, some of whom I don’t even find out till later. These connections manifest in coincidences when they do emerge. I am very inspired by writers, philosophers, artists, and thinkers who challenge the boundaries of conventional perception and perspectives.