My work as an artist has always been based on different aspects of human perception, whether this be the perception of nature, mental illness, dreams, or personal beliefs on what happens when we die. I focus on one aspect of human perception that is important to my life and that I feel knowledgeable about and use various mediums and techniques to create a series based on that aspect of perception.
Although I do many forms of art in some of these series such as sculpture and painting the form of art I have been focusing more on as of late is digital art. The reason I have chosen digital art as my main focus is I find in today’s society it is the easiest way to spread information. More and more people are staying home due to COVID-19, which leads to an increase of internet usage globally. The digital art movement boosted a relationship between artists and scientists, as well as engineers, a good example of this is in the media around us. Many more TV shows are using animated opening sequences, and engineers at theme parks are now hiring artists to create the concept for their rides. As artists begin to explore these new art forms, they are not only using this new medium but oftentimes also asking viewers to reflect upon the impact media has on their own views of the word, since my work is based on perception in an age of the internet I feel this is incredibly relevant. For my animation stylistically I am inspired by Shadow Theatre, they are a group of shadow dancers who perform narratives in the shadows casting silhouettes. I take this style and merge it with animation, to create a sense of anonymity to my stories, I find it helps the viewer focus on what is taking place rather than the characters. For my paintings I am inspired by digital artists Kaya Oldaker and Jeszika Le Vye. Oldaker is a digital painter that focuses on visual storytelling in her work that is influenced by the natural world. Stylistically her work looks more painterly than typical digital art, this inspires my own digital art style. I work only in one layer primarily when I paint digitally to get a more organic look to my work as well. Le Vye is also a digital painter, her palette is on a darker, more emotional scope. This has inspired me to use colour to convey mood and atmosphere in my paintings, and not just use colors that are more realistic, for example, I associate yellow and green with happiness, purple with love, and red with pain. Le Vye also has a series about dark mythology which inspired a series I did on how Greek mythology romanticizes the perception of sexual assault last year.
The primary purpose of my current artwork Positive Interactions is to start to reverse the negative perceptions towards sharks in today’s society that are heavily influenced by the media. Many artists speak about climate change, global warming, and environmental issues in how they impact our world. What my work focuses on is a smaller global issue that our society has normalized. My goal is to open people's eyes up to positive encounters with sharks. My work has really stemmed from my devotion to protecting and researching sharks, ever since I was a child I have loved these animals, and detested the inaccuracy of information showing them as maneaters. Popular informational shows such as Shark Week promote fear of an animal that, while requires caution and respect, does not need to be feared. This is what inspires my work, I intend to show sharks in only a positive light, to help erase some of the negativity the mainstream media has used to skew viewer’s perspectives.