Ten years ago I was depressed, restless and in a job that I wasn't totally suited for. I was a partner in a successful design firm. I had a promising career path in front of me and I was working with really creative people. But I wasn't following my calling. And I was sort of miserable.
So I left the firm. And spent the next ten years working in a series of jobs that weren't a perfect fit either. But that unrest fueled my creative energies, and in that time I wrote a novel, produced three podcast series and wrote and performed a one-man comedy show. But I still couldn't shake the feeling that I wasn't doing what I'm meant to do with my life.
Then I started shooting and editing photos on my iPhone, and posting them to Instagram. They were pretty standard shots of street art, landscapes and a few featuring a thumb resting on a sharp knife. Fairly unremarkable. One night before bed I shot a photo of a magazine page on my nightstand. I bent and warped the page so the composition was unique from the original. The result was interesting, so I kept at it. Three years later I call the technique Arts Mashing.
I shoot photos of pages from fashion magazines torn and mashed together in new, previously unimagined compositions. My images can be odd, disturbing, subtle and provocative. They depict people caught in intimate moments of vulnerability, shame, lust, anger, pride and peace. Moments we all experience throughout our lives.
In my artist's statement I say that each piece reveals the unseen stories that lurk beneath the beautiful facade of the people featured in fashion magazines across cultures. And that these stories have always been there, but no one has revealed them in this way until now. What I don't say is that with Arts Mashing I finally feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to do with my life - make art.