Ramshackle Rituals is the newest body of work I’ve created using collage on paper, encaustic medium, Polaroid instant photographs, and acrylic paint - all rendered in black and white.
In our own ways, we each rely on our loosely held together belief systems to navigate life, which at times can be extremely difficult to understand or reconcile. Individually, and collectively as global citizens, we try to make sense of what happens around us.
It's my nature to cling to any type of familiar ritual when I feel powerless in chaotic times. To me, creating images feels ritual, feels healing, feels powerful.
To explore this emotional phenomenon, I drew on my own personal experiences of paradigm-shattering changes in worldview. To even begin to process and orient myself again, old systems must be stripped away in a return to basics. For this work, I gave myself the parameter of monochrome, but let other aspects of the work play themselves out. When we perform our rituals, meaning emerges on its own.
Ramshackle Rituals will be on view at Pirate: Contemporary Art Oasis from February 9th through February 25th, 2024 with an opening reception February 9th from 6pm to 10pm. This is my final solo show at Pirate.
Fridays: 6p to 10p
Saturdays & Sundays: 12p to 5p
Or by appointment
Pirate: Contemporary Art Oasis is located at 7130 W 16th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214.