And here it is.

First solo effort at Green Door, first 'official' screen print.

I found inspiration in two places.
I'd been looking at a book of old movie posters and came across the striking, red and black image of the
West Side Story poster. The black type against the stark red background immediately drew my eye. I've always had an interest in typography and its use in art. The juxtaposition between words and pictures plays a big part in my creation process. I'd also seen a documentary about BASE jumping a few days before and I remember thinking that not only were these guys certifiable but they were putting all their trust in a parachute that just might not save them. Literally a leap of faith.
Having said that, the piece itself is ultimately just about me and the insecurities that I have about my own ability as an artist. I don't even like the word. I think this is a title that can only be bestowed by others. That's why my logo has the word inverted.

Right now, I feel I'm anything but an artist. When the time is right, I'll flip that word over and say "hey, that's me. That's what I do. I'm an artist". Until then, I'll just have to take a leap of faith and trust that, one day, I might be good enough.


kittyanydots said...

i like the poster and your explanation of the upside down "artist." i have that insecurity too; perhaps part of that stems from society's stereotypes of artists, that art isn't a "REAL" job. cheers for your post!

kittyanydots said...

also, thanks for the heads-up on the graphic novel of coraline -- i haven't seen it -- must check that out!