Images from my gallery show, Ambiguous Hybrids, completed as part of my Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Media thesis work. The show was on display at the Champlain College from November 2020 to February 2021, and a virtual show is available on Champlain's website here.
It is tempting to try to fit the world into archetypal boxes. Labels can provide a sense of control and understanding, but words and categories fail us so often. My illustrations aim to reside in the spaces between emotional and rational; serious and playful; male and female; anxious and joyous; magic and science; digital and analog. They are ambivalent, ambiguous hybrids, just like me.
I prefer to deal with my various everyday joys, triumphs, struggles, and anxieties privately and internally whenever possible. I keep to myself most of the time. Illustration is the one place where I intentionally externalize my innermost realms. My work is about moments of childlike wonder confronting the fear and anxiety brought on by the modern digital/information age. A self-conscious frog wizard who never gives up on magic, an androgynous doe who grew antlers out of spite, several screaming beasts, placid dragons, and a contemplative aardvark all make their appearances. They’re manifestations of a post-digital existence under the crushing omnipresence of modern communication technologies.
Or, maybe they’re just silly little animals.
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