This is a book that started as an exploration into my process as an artist/designer. I began by working with materials from my studio and everyday life and created dozens of collages. I then took these collages and xeroxed them all and began to make new collages using a risograph and sample packs of French paper. The result was nearly two hundred unique 8.5x11in collages that I then accordion folded in a hardbound book. All parts of this book are handmade and printed either by xerox or risograph, not one one page is alike. The text is an essay I wrote on my process and growth as an artist/designer along with short prose poems explaining what process is to me. One of a kind.
After working on my series of Zapp paintings and sculptures for the past year I have looked for ways of combining my interests in books and design into the series. After a trip to New York where I saw all kinds of art and design, I came back to my studio and began cutting up canvas and fashioning books from material that I have saved over the past couple of years, drawings, prints, photographs, and writing. What resulted was a one of kind artist's book that features my design, printmaking, photography, painting, and drawing all rolled into one. This takes the idea of the artist's book and combines it with painting and sculpture bringing my fine artwork into a tangible form so you are almost able to take the journey of creation with me, since this more than any of my other books show the traces of handicraft and gives you the feeling of an artist at work. Handmade , one of kind, sewn canvas, woodcuts, lithography, collage, acrylic, charcoal, and photography among other mediums.
This is a book that stemmed from a question I receive all too often, "What do your tattoos mean?". For the content I took portraits of many of my tattoos and wrote short anecdotes in conversational form that explained the reasoning, or lack there of, behind the corresponding tattoo. Through this exploration of self, I was able to create and overarching narrative that also works as a self-portrait. My tattoos were for the most created during a time in my life where I was lost and trying to survive in the world where I lacked purpose and drive. Although a lot of bad decisions were made around my tattoos and that time in my life in general, I now where them as a badge of honor because I was able to find my way and my purpose and my tattoos serve as a daily reminder of where I have been and where I am going. "My Permanent Record" is not only a documentation of self but it is also my truth and my way of lifting the veil to connect with the viewer who could possibly be on similar journey.