Statement (for Angels):
I am driven by our great need for cultural education and exchange … and the question of existence in the face of global struggle is fundamental to my artworks. I believe we have to create cross-cultural empathy without fear of breaking regressive cultural taboos, to be truthful with each other, and to create new intimate mythologies and religions.
We create “Cathedrals of Uncertainty.”
My group and I install our artworks as the emblems, icons and relics of a church or temple of an unknown faith … familiar, but not the same. This gives the viewer the opportunity to share the feeling of being the refugee, the outsider, uncertain of our local customs: are these Eastern or Western Symbols they see? Or a fusion of cultural symbols? Or symbols from a land they don't know? The last remnants of an extinct species? Or forerunners of our advancement: relics foretelling the future?
Entertainment Producers have always understood that they are creating new faiths and deities when they create new brands and pop-stars. But this is what original artists do too … just with a marketing campaign less robust than an established faith's, or a corporation's. Our work: the scrupulous paintings of an unknown religion … where all the symbols we use may mean something different than what we hold in our common understanding.
I make spiritual fine art work. Although I don't belong to any religion, I create Religious Paintings and Sculptures. They are born of heavy study in Butoh, Vodou, Catholocism and other performance forms as a way of life that seeks out the unfamiliar, befriends it, refuses to stop looking at the things we are told we mustn't look at. This discipline has given me the opportunity to encounter many international artists and to give challenging art to audiences: my performances and installations are platforms for questioning preconceptions, for experiencing space, belief and perception in new ways.
I believe there is an incredibly strong need to have this type of exhibition. My work has always been about trying to understand social systems … where empathy fails, or how to have empathy when we are told not to. I am greatly troubled by the lack of access to real information that we all have, how intelligent voices are marginalized and not readily available.
The recent events in France with the violence at the Charlie Hebdo offices … and the things that are happening as a result ... underscore how important it is for us to respond by showcasing work that deals with Spiritual Struggle that … while heretical to some, is born of intellectual and spiritual rigor, not low-brow race-baiting. If we clamor for the right for free speech, let us have a controversial conversation featuring Fine Art Work. If Charlie Hebdo's immaturity gets a thousand spotlights, let us shine one spotlight on culture creators with something real to say about spiritual and cultural exchange in the world today. Let us shine the spotlight on work that is living, and deep-felt. And let us examine how we depict mythologies and Gods, old and new … this is not about our right to say anything, but about how we must elevate each other by making statements of substance and grace, even if we disagree with each other.