It started with a question. If I create art every day based on my love of music; what would happen? A year later, a collection of over 50 paintings and more than 350 drawings, brought fourth a discovery I never expected. As it turns out, my prolific exploration of street musicians was the primary Influence of a much broader awareness of social globalization. I became drawn to people that migrated here, noticing a paradox of similarities and differences. A sort of utopian ideal of social globalization grew to include the concept that western urban centres are places of influence, growth and diversity while still enabling boundaries around social, traditional and cultural norms.
So, I created a visual culture of my own, called Paper People.
These faceless, organic people, are seemingly ordinary humans in my mind, doing ordinary things except they have excessively large hands and feet which makes them different from us, and the same as each other. A confluence of all people and culture in one quintessential being. This work is “not” a reaction to global politics or stereotypes, but rather, a naturally evolving consciousness that celebrates our differences and the ways we interact with each other.