Memories, fantasies, daydreaming, and imagination were my playground as a youth. Childhood was a time where I could simply daydream and imagine far out wonderful things. Feeling I had lost some of the whimsical freedom of childhood imagination I began an exploration into these daydreams, the imaginary impossibilities. And as a result I’ve found these suppositions to be a bridge between childhood fantasy and adult “reality.”
Daydreams and impossibilities are commonplace in my mind. When a scene or story jumps into my consciousness I am felt compelled to act and collect source material. Once all the images are digitally cut up and the vision I had in my head begins to emerge on the screen I become elated. When I see with my eyes what I saw in my mind there is a connection I make to my childhood memories of imagination. Even then the image needs a soul.
Using textures in my images helps me connect with my past imagination. The use of texture gives me a sense of nostalgia, inviting warmth, intrigue, and breathes life into the pictures. With this in mind I wanted to add more texture to a finished print. The application of gel medium to a flat print further developed a connection between the image and myself by making the textures more alive and the story more real. These textures also create a sense of longevity through a vintage sensibility.
I incorporate a method of tying the organic and the rigid together by stitching together smaller prints in a grid to create the larger organic form of the story in the image. By using this method each piece is a creation of natural organic forms and textures juxtaposed against a constructivist grid. A process I call Panelism. The result is a meshing of the artificial and the organic.
Still there needs to be some level of struggle to represent my life experience. This is why there’s a subdued and often obscured sense of something unresolved and unsettling within many of the images. While some seem free and whimsical there’s things left to outside forces. Others express the desire for independence, a battle to overcome something. These are expressions of experiences we all share, a commonality.
Creating photographic illustrations reconnecting me to my childhood imagination has brought a new level of freedom. These images send me to a far out place where I can escape reality for a while and be a child again and serve as a reminder that not everything is as whimsical as they seem on the surface. They allow me to travel where there are no rules and anything can happen.
AWARDS / EXIBITIONS
Graduated - BFA - Photography - Art Institute of Atlanta - December 2010
Applied Arts Magazine Photo Annual 2010
Addy Awards Gold Winner Photo Manipulation / Illustration – “Airlift” - 2010
Addy Awards Gold Winner Photo Manipulation / Illustration – “Mystic” - 2010
FLASH - Kai Lin Art – Midtown – Atlanta – Georgia – 2010
JOY! – Kai Lin Art – Midtown – Atlanta – Georgia – 2010-2011
Addy Awards Silver Winner Photo Manipulation / Illustration – “To The Sky” - 2011
Earth – Kai Lin Art – Midtown – Atlanta – Georgia - 2011
Gallery Residences – Buckhead – Atlanta – Georgia 2011
Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists - Decatur - Georgia 2011
DREAMSCAPE - Kai Lin Art - Midtown - Atlanta - Georgia 2011
Muss & Turner's - Smyrna - Georgia - 2011
Whole Foods - Buckhead - Georgia - 2011
Pour - Atlanta - Georgia - 2011
W Hotel - Atlanta - Georgia - 2011
SNAP - Kai Lin Art - Buckhead - Georgia - 2011
GLOW - Kai Lin Art - Buckhead - Georgia - 2011-2012
TERRA - Kai Lin Art - Buckhead - Georgia - 2012
Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing (Cover: Sis) Volume 32, Number 1, Winter 2012
AUTUMNAL - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2012
Affinity - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2012
August Group Show - Harrington Brown Gallery - Memphis - Tennessee - 2012
Spring Celebration Open House - Harrington Brown Gallery - Memphis - Tennessee - 2013
Perfectly Precarious - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2013
Encyclopedia - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2014
Book Cover - Compact Of The Republic - David Benner - 2014
Awaken - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2014
Luminous - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2015
The Titans - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2015
Connected - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2016
Imagination, Impossibilities, Daydreams - Brick Gallery - Sandusky - Ohio - 2016
Mother's Day - Film - Set Art - 2016
By Oath Magazine - Interview - 2016