Animal Silhouettes 2015-2016
A meditative series of animal silhouette paintings, largely inspired by a trip to Mexico to study traditional Oaxacan Otami textile patterns, and native folk art of that region. Upon returning to Baltimore, I started thinking about the styles and mediums of work specific to regions of any country or place, and how they develop into recognizable trademarks of one group of people. A style or particular artisanal technique is perfected within a community (As a means of producing products, for income and/or as a way of recording the history of a culture), and passed on through generations without hostility or exclusive personal ownership over aesthetics.
Much like cooking, each piece of Otami fabric in Oaxaca is stitched tirelessly by hand, and each family has developed slight variations on traditional patterns. The final utilitarian craft itself projects the long-developed aesthetic identity of a community, more than just the individuality of any one person.