emanate car show: to flow out; to come out from a source (2010)

Emanate Car Show: to flow out; to come out from a source.

The catalysts for my work are always rooted in the personal; I put faith in the deep history of reasons.

Cars are beautiful monsters. They are visionary machines, emblems of mobility and luxury, progress and nostalgia. For over a century (the Model T went into production in 1908), they have been as integral to the American dream as liberty or the pursuit of happiness. We have built our cities to accommodate them and structured our habits to suit their requirements. I am fascinated by how elementally they have shaped our culture, how they have become vehicles not just for our bodies but our aspirations.

I spent much of my childhood in cars, moving from place to place. The freedom that cars represented was very important to my family. No matter how difficult things became, we could always ...

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Emanate Car Show: to flow out; to come out from a source.

The catalysts for my work are always rooted in the personal; I put faith in the deep history of reasons.

Cars are beautiful monsters. They are visionary machines, emblems of mobility and luxury, progress and nostalgia. For over a century (the Model T went into production in 1908), they have been as integral to the American dream as liberty or the pursuit of happiness. We have built our cities to accommodate them and structured our habits to suit their requirements. I am fascinated by how elementally they have shaped our culture, how they have become vehicles not just for our bodies but our aspirations.

I spent much of my childhood in cars, moving from place to place. The freedom that cars represented was very important to my family. No matter how difficult things became, we could always escape—all we needed was a car and the open highway.

The cars that I have focused on for this show are very inspiring to me. They are Impalas and Chevelles and Firebirds from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, drawn from images that I find online. I also look at cars that have been forgotten, but for a brief period had some gust of attention surrounding them. They are cars that personally excite my heart, so beautifully made that when I see them they immediately give my imagination permission to fantasize and to dream. It is interesting—and appalling—to me that something so beautiful, that I love so much, can have such a disastrous impact on our world. Our planet is beginning to share the consequences of the excess of our needs.

My white gel pen and my patterns on paper act as a portal into a space where I can spend time focused on peace. As I draw my lines and make up my designs, I search inside myself, and examine my own spirituality. I have always relied on the act of drawing to invent a place where my mind can rest—a place where I can search for resolutions to those things in life that don’t make much sense to me: Why do we have so much and why we are always adding more? What is the relationship between beauty and waste? I struggle not to be selfish and not to be caught up in myself and my talents. I have to keep myself in check through prayer and through my always deepening faith in God. These drawing are the result of my attempt to come to terms with the difficulties that this content presents to me.

My car show focuses on the balance between earth and technology, and also on the beauty of design, the beauty in patterns, and the beauty and majesty of our imagination. I have used these beauties to fill my spirit through drawing.

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