In my work I try to identify with Rosalind Krauss's ideas about being a post-medium artist. In doing so I'm incorporating multiple areas of study that bring their own language. It is a constant struggle bringing these mediums and their history together cohesively. That struggle is often on display in my work, which consistently explores two different subjects: the self-portrait and the basketball. The struggle also manifests itself while trying to bring these subject matters together.
With my basketball works I'm trying to make or communicate a connection between my basketballs and the contemporary art market. The basketball is an easily identifiable icon that I want as my own icon in the art world. When drawing or painting a basketball I try to incorporate other artist's aesthetics and ideas. It becomes difficult to collage these different concepts and sensibilities with my own. This is where tape comes into my work, acting as an adhesive for the different approaches. The tape is acting as a representative for the masculine idea of makeshift problem solving. Masculinity tells me when something is broke to tape it back together. This idea is a quick fix that will appear to restore order in my work. The tape is at times literally binding different ideas within my artwork together. In this sense the tape is function much like the black line on a basketball: categorizing, connecting, containing. The tape has made it appear that everything is in order when in reality the ideas may still be struggling to relate. I have in a sense created basketballs that function as false fronts for my shortcomings.
My self-portrait works come to fruition in the form video or photo. I like the idea of personal identity with in my work. The self-portrait gives the viewer a face to place with the artistŐs name and it is much easier to receive praise and recognition for your work when you are easily identifiable. A self-portrait also invites a discussion about the artist since he/she is the subject matter. Theses aspect all help to achieve goals I set as an artist. The basketball drawings will become much like a self-portrait when I'm famous. A viewer will be able to see the basketball and identify me.