“Awakening” Series of Mixed Media Collage Composites (2001 – Present):
The “Awakening” Series of Mixed Media Collage Composites is an expressionistic form of collage I call “Mixed Media Collage Composite”. The process involves the piecing together of photographic elements, with original hand rendered art and digital editing, to create a hybrid. Likewise, the combination of organic patterns, figures and cultural references creates a conceptual merging
“Awakening” Series Message:
The overall message of this mixed media collage composite series is about the reawakening of southeastern Indian culture. The imagery also shows sensitivity toward the environment, a concept intrinsic to traditional Native American cultural values and relevant to people of all walks of life!!
The Awakening Series Statement:
“The Awakening Series is inspired by questions and experiences relating to my cultural heritage and personal spiritual growth. It reflects my connection to, and reverence for, the natural environment and the mysteries of the cosmos. I like to think of it as “visual soul”, a refuge from our materialistic work world slumber, and a window through which we can look inward and outward at the same time. I believe that artists of any background can play a key role in bringing people face to face with their history and culture by recounting and recovering what has been forgotten or seemingly lost. As memories and visions emerge in my consciousness, the process of creating becomes a vehicle for ancestral awakening and reconnection. In turn, this inspires me to communicate a universal message of transformation and rebirth by affirming earth consciousness and the coming together of our one tribe; the human race.”