What inspired the use of the mask?
I had a very meaningful experience and I wanted to create a mask of what the universe would look like if it were embodied in a human or alien. So that was it. When I put on the mask I obliterate my ego, so to speak, and just be and do my thing.
What would you like to see or improve in the Tacoma Artist community?
Oh, inclusion. I’d love to see more people working together. Because there are some niches in the Tacoma Arts Community where everyone is combining their resources and super happy to help each other. Then there are people who don’t do that so much. I’d like to see these hidden talents to come out of the nooks and crannies and be unafraid to work with others. So I always let people know that I have an open door, you can have access to any art supplies in my art cart. If you use up a paint just buy me a new one, or buy me coffee and I’ll go buy a new one myself. I want to see it even more active. I want to see the art walk take off. And I feel like not enough people know about it. I want to see more businesses putting art up instead of the same shots of Tacoma. It’s very overplayed, you have so much wall space I’d love to cover it in original art that fits the place. That’s what I want to see, is more people out there supporting each other unpretentiously, in a little happy union. Also more art shows, way more art shows. Feast is doing a an excellent job at that actually.
So I know you have interest in physics, do you feel like your interest in science has any influence in your work?
Yes, quantum physics especially. That intersects with my metaphysical view of the universe. And—yeah– wow how did I not mention that before.
I don’t really talk about it that openly unless people ask about it, but it’s basically the whole reason why I do anything. I take that view of the world, of, ‘here’s an infinite number of possibilities’. Here’s an immense amount of particles in an idea, in a person, in a situation, and then the way you observe those particles or the way you observe the collapse and that wave then makes it form something. Everybody has a unique way of forming their own reality and this is my way. I think it’s my duty as a human to translate that into art.