Amnesia Mask

"Amnesia Mask" (November 2012)
14" x 14" x 4" Mixed Media Assemblage on Textured Gallery Wrap Canvas

This is the third and final mask assignment for my Illustrative Mask-Making class.  The assignment was to abstract the elements of the face, and take inspiration from a line from a song and a place.  The song I chose was "The Dead Flag Blues" by Godspeed You Black Emperor.  The place I was recreating was Roslindale.  I have done a number of projects relating to the concept of living in one place as a child, only to move away and return years later and see the location through a fresh set of eyes.  I'm not going to go on about how much my hometown has changed, but I wanted to include the feeling of amnesia, and lack of familiarity with a once familiar location.  I focused on the line: "The Sun has fallen down, and the billboards are all leering, and the flags are all dead at the top of their poles" and tried to build a multi-layered billboard.  Working with mixed media collage on a 3D surface was new to me, and something I plan on exploring even further.  This class was so much fun, and really saved my interest in mixed media work.  I saw a huge division in my body of work (half mixed media collage, and half traditional illustration) and I kind of lost faith in my collage/mixed media skills for a while. Taking this class gave me a new way to incorporate it into my more "illustrative" work. 


"Nightwatch" (November 2012)
10" x 14" Watercolor on 12" x 16" Watercolor Paper.

Cape Cod Times Interview

So... Last September I was approached by Neil from The Cape Cod Times for a possible interview about my work as an illustrator, MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo), and my ties to the Cape.  He snapped a couple of quick shots and sent me an email a few days later.  I figured that if I was lucky then I would get one of those Q&A blurbs with my picture next to it.

A week or so went by and Neil sent me another email asking to expand the interview to be less about MICE (since MICE 2012 had already finished up) and more about the October events for BIG COLLAGE.  When the article finally came out I was blown away to see that I was given such a huge piece of real estate.  Thanks again to Neil and The Cape Cod Times!  The Halloween Meltdown was a blast, and I hope to make it to more events for Halloween Meltdown 2013!


Back to the Drawing Board

"Back to the Drawing Board" (October 2012)
18" x 24" Acrylic and Collage on Canvas.

This was done for an Illustrative Mask-Making assignment that involved producing a four character Halloween illustration, making a mask of one of those characters, and then collaging in a photo of the mask. I made a giant robot mask, and will post some more pictures of it soon.