2015, Acrylic on Canvas
Adrift is really the first polished piece I've done that begins to unpack the trials of the last two years in my life. On the surface however, I wanted to have fun with the visuals. My goal was, what if I painted my version of a vintage sci-fi serial magazine cover while including intense real life emotions under the surface?
I won't use this space as my diary, but I will point out some challenges I faced that this piece represents:
1) Being cut off from your lifeline.
2) Being in a mental situation of pure bleakness, where you feel lost.
3) The experience of having someone using you singularly for their own self interests, at your expense.
4) Recognizing undesirable parts of yourself growing and spreading seemingly outside of your control.
The best thing is though, people seem to really enjoy this piece, because all of that despair takes a backseat to a fun, cool, colorful spaceman painting. My version of silver lining and optimism!