At age 25, I dropped out of art school, schemed a self-directed study curriculum, and began in earnest a thesis project designed to unfold & evolve over a lifetime—-a one-and-forever Magnum Opus.
I’m currently four years into this project, 29 years into this lifetime.
I collect imagery—-diagrams & illustrations, mostly. I trawl municipal libraries, bookstores, second-hand shops, the world wide web, scanning & extracting from stacks & stacks & stacks of cultural artifacts of all genres, culling from the Collective Consciousness component-element icons of Universe, all-the-while caching, curating, & categorizing these samples/specimens into my own personal Image Reference Library. This is the primary aspect of my self-directed study—- an active, ever-ongoing exploration of our Visual Cultural Database, a survey of the topologies of any & all Knowledge Structures so far built by Humanity.
From this analysis, then a synthesis : I craft artworks—-maps of my encyclopedic explorations, emergent pattern narratives from the symbols & motifs I’ve collected along my way. The artworks are to multiply & accumulate over my lifetime, be & become my Magnum Opus, an emergent pattern narrative of its own.
Individually, the artworks exist as physical artifacts ( hand-made from the material of wood, paper, glue, paint, & pencil ), and are designed to be living documents, growing & evolving through time as new territories are explored, as old areas are revisited with new eyes, as skills & concepts mature with age.
Collectively, the artworks are all-of-a-piece ( totaling to-date @ approximately 25 and counting ), and are designed to be connected-&-whole, exhibited-entire and arranged in deliberate sequence. Each individual artwork illustrates its theme(s), but when all artworks are together and in order, the whole body of work illustrates a cyclical meta-narrative, providing the observer with an expansive & immersive Wide-view + Long-view, a journey along the spatial-axis of Cosmos & the temporal-axis of Human Destiny, all themes interconnected.
As with the individual works, the collective work also changes & grows over time—- new pieces are always being added to the sequence, old pieces are replaced when purchased or obsolete, even the structure of the sequence itself is open & flexible to revision & mutation.
This creature that I’ve created ( am creating, is creating me ), is a memetic organism of nested interlocking systems, processes, and pace-layers. It is a reflection of my own human existence, the history of our species, the evolution of Life on Earth, the living narrative of Universe. It is also a knowledge & memory prosthetic to aid in thinking & understanding, a platform from which to ask questions, engage in dialogue with self and others. It is a window & mirror, a telescope & microscope. It is a way of seeing. Living. Being. It is a map of–and for–my path, each our individual paths, Our path.