He also took this marvelous photo of me playing make-up with the mini compact. I had to throw this photo in for visual purposes. I'm not a fan of post with no photos. I love pretty pictures. Check out the statement, enjoy. Feedback welcome.Artist Statement de Bellagio
My work centers on identity and personal experience. Not a day goes by that I don’t recall my past. These recollections include often seemingly menial events such as the exchange of greetings between strangers or a memorable face from around town. Our identity can be shaped not only by monumental events but also small details. These minutia that may be forgettable for some or significant milestones in my life both have an equal tendency for triggering an entire series.
The bulk of my work is shaped by a wanderlust nature and the resulting journeys. I relish moving outside my comfort zones and documenting reactions to the unaccustomed. Through these studies I’ve found that I’m drawn to balancing masculine and feminine facets of my personality. I am attracted to “feminine arts” such as sewing, crafts, textiles, decorating and home making. Equally I live for muscle cars, carbureted engines, semi-trucks and the highway. Since both sides lend definition, I often incorporate masculine and feminine themes within my work.
Textiles and patterns play an important role both visually and conceptually. I also incorporate painting and printmaking to balance art and craft elements. Often crafts such as sewing, embroidery and textiles depict a feminine quality while more hard-edged spray painting or printmaking, add raw masculine sensibility. Pop icons and symbols along with exaggeration also play a large role. They express particular views of my environment and personal experiences. Comprehensively I seek to portray the impact of our environment and its effect on cultural and personal identity.