As Above, So Below
- Visual Arts
As Above, So Below is a quirky reinterpretation of the Zodiac that I have been working on for over a year. The series started out as a challenge by my mentor using mudras or hand gestures to replace the original astrological constellations. Since I have other works based on hand gestures, this was a way to push me and the work into new territory. What transpired is a set of 26 images —24 of which depict my interpretation of both positive and negative aspects of each astrological sign. The other two images are celestial wheels representing the entire zodiac belt.
My image making is a hybrid mix of skillsets that incorporate design, painting, drawing, and digital compositing. The end result is almost always a large scale print. The preference being either a one-off print or a small limited edition. I do this to make the buyer feel that they have something special. Everything I do starts out in a notebook with a few trigger thoughts jotted down along with rough sketches. From there, I bring these ideas onto my computer and build the image. If necessary, I will model my own photos or peruse the internet for bits and pieces that may help me execute a concept.
For this particular series I needed to spend time learning and understanding the history of astrology. Consulting books and utilizing the internet for additional astrological resources, I gathered information about each sign. The positive and negative aspects were then encapsulated into two-word statements that sum up a sign’s personality.
Language plays a big part in my work, so it’s important that I get to know the etymology of the words I marry. This understanding gives me a basis upon which to, literally, draw. Sometimes, the characteristics of a particular sign lend themselves to an obvious pre-existing tale. Such as Taurus, which is loosely based on the children’s story of Ferdinand, and Sagittarius which is influenced by Peter Pan.
Also inherent to my work is subtle wit and humor which often belie darker, yet delightfully disturbing absurdities. This holds true for As Above, So Below.
Now that the drawing is complete, it’s time to move this series off the computer and into a more tangible form so that I may present the work at an upcoming art fair in early 2018. And that’s where you come in.
I would like to present As Above, So Below at the StARTup Art Fair in 2018. In order to make that happen, I need to produce a complete set of the images. The funding of $5801 will enable me to print and frame one set of images. Printing on canvas for one set totals $2251.17 with simple white float frames at $3550.63.
In return for your support I have created a variety of unique and personalized perks from this series.
Thank you for your interest and support of this project.
P.S. Don’t forget to let me know your sign.