current artists in residence
Access Arts has a great group of Artists in Residence who teach classes and help represent Access Arts in the community, while honing their artistic skills. Meet our current Artists in Residence.
"My work is predominantly inspired by my constant exposure to counter-culture, and being surrounded by others who are also displeased with the state of our society. There are so many people who are aware of the problems with our world, but so little action takes place to make a change because it is so easy to get by by simply following the self-indulgent norms created by an excessive, capitalist culture. It is so easy to talk about what’s wrong, but when it comes down to actually changing something, most people, including myself, are usually too tired by the end of the day and would much rather just kick back and do nothing."
“Imperfections in my work drive me to create. These moments show the life of the piece and are relateable, in the same way, many of us are imperfect. Illustrations surround the surface capturing the mundane in a youthful manner. The drawings serve as a looking glass into a subconscious full of daydreams and joy as they embrace these objects transforming them into my visual diary entries. Accompanying these lively objects, some pieces remain bare as reminders of silence.”
“We, in my opinion, experienced moments in life that we felt we could not share with anyone. We have lived with those secrets, with those stories with those IT moments that we didn’t know how to relinquish. I want the project participants to have a platform to share their story, and for the viewer to see the interconnectivity of emotions, memories and stories shared among individuals from various backgrounds.”
“My latest body of work is in reference to space. The space in between the space. The places unvisited. The gaps of space where our mind creates to fill in the blanks. I am looking towards the physical landscape as well as the virtual landscapes posted on social media for clues of similarity. The virtual world isn’t a place of reality. Yet it places importance and takes up more of society’s time then the actual interaction with the tangible world. My paintings strive to create a tangible interaction between the misplaced spaces that are part of our virtual and ‘natural’ world.”
“I have so often been fascinated by the course of a conversation and the way that a trail of thought can suddenly jump to the awareness of a wilting flower or an eyelash stuck upon a cheek or a petal uplifted by a breeze. The way that our consciousness seems to be flowing along not too aware of itself in rambling conversation or mindless and mundane tasks and then seems to be jolted either into awareness of its present surroundings or pulled away from where it is to exist somewhere else, be it the past or imagined or else otherwise, yet something more immediate, more real, than where the physical body dwells.”
“People are such interesting creatures. We often create our own narratives in order to give meaning to our mundane day-to-day lives. Each of us is the hero of our own story. Painting allows me to explore the inner lives of people, to express those things we leave unseen or imagined. These personal mythologies lie beneath the initial surface of what we show to the world and make up the contrast that creates the core of our identities.”