Two very distinct elements are at play here: fine art and fashion. There is an understanding between the two that they coexist simultaneously and equally. In constant service to the other they join in a quest to express extraordinary beauty.
The forms and impressions of fashion feed into my internal library of shapes and lines. I am soothed by the symmetry of curves that reflect the body of a woman. I rely on the strength and stability of sharp edges, as if cut from cloth itself to support the structure. In my world, fashion has as much to do with clothes as it does with an internal language of form and line. It is an expression from the inside out.
Going inside to find your imagery is a fine art principle. It is a process of deconstructing and abstracting elements from the outer world. What makes a work successful is that moment when there is resolve. You know that what you have in front of you, you have not seen before. And yet it has come through you as the summation of every exquisite thing you have seen, experienced and loved.
I am interested in a real marriage between fashion and art. In that unity transformation and evolution thrive. Leaving aside any judgments about which is more relevant than the other, I stand in the notion that the exact meeting point is where something genuinely new is created. Finding that meeting point is the most worthwhile and powerful pursuit in my work. It is there that I find the most beautiful, regal and life affirming inspiration.
Whether we are aware of it or not, our sensitivity to the enormous barrage of imagery in our world is as consequential to our wellbeing and survival as conservation and sustainable living are to the environment. We need to nurture that sensitivity with exalted works of art – works of art that deepen and expand our perception and appreciation of the profound beauty within ourselves.
With every drawing I make I attempt to nurture that sensitivity by pointing the viewer to a greater appreciation of a sophisticated and skillful work of art. Everything has been moving towards this. We are indeed on the other side of the Warholian unification of fine art and the commercial world. Picasso knew this, which is why he brought his brilliant abstractions to such a massive audience. We’ve had time to digest and assimilate what modern art brought to us. Deeply personal work resonates universally. It has the power to magnetize others to it mostly because it is communicating from an inherent common ground. Our perception and experience of luxury is deepened and expanded when the intention is to raise the vibration of our environment, whether it’s in a gallery, someone’s living room, on a computer screen, or a department store window.
This work is a concentrated potion of beauty and power intended to achieve as much mutual benefit as possible on as many levels as possible.