When my brother Joe was fifteen years old, he was institutionalized for schizophrenia. He saw things, he heard things. Were these monsters? Was he?
Through some thirty year of his treatment, he encountered compassionate souls, both fellows and caregivers. He was also neglected and exploited by individuals and a system more interested in commerce and statistics than his very well-being. Were these exploiters monsters? He was fifteen. I was five. I went to see him. Did he see monsters? Or did I?
Let me tell you something about Monsters. I have great empathy toward Monsters, or more accurately, Perceived Monsters. To me, Monsters are more like misfits, people who are physically deformed, or rather, uniquely formed (as indeed we all are, each of us); or, people who are mentally on a different plane than the majority. By this definition, might I be speaking even of you? I am sympathetic toward Perceived Monsters, because I have known and loved perceived monsters, and have felt this way myself.
There are Real Monsters that walk this earth, cruel, evil people; oppressive, dehumanizing beliefs. I despise by Real Monsters, because of their nature and their acts; and because of a public willingness to have this label, “Monster”, shared between those that are “different” and those that are evil. The word Monster in its original application describes a child born with a physical deformity. What does it mean that our society has taken this word now to mean “evil”? Where is that leap between appearances, either physical or emotional, and the specifically dark nature of one’s soul? All of this speaks of a shallowness I seek to conquer. My work is about looking beyond the outer to the inner, and finding with this the true definition of Beauty – which is beyond form.
I use conventional vehicles such as light and composition and technique to invite the audience to my work. I use these conventional vehicles to specifically lure the viewer into my world, which is a direct product of the World, where Angels can be mistaken for Monsters, and actual Monsters for heroes or kings.
So look closely at my work, look hard. Because I’m trying to show you something beautiful.
那些在世界上行尸走肉得生活着的冷酷人们是真正的魔鬼。从根本上说，他们与人类信念背道而驰的。我对那些真正的魔鬼充斥厌恶与痛恨，因为他们的存在和丑恶行经。这个社会不愿意区分那些仅仅与别人有着不一样的精神世界人 与 那些真正丑陋的人 。 “魔鬼”这个词在它本义里表示一个身体上有缺陷的存在。我们的社会却把他与“邪恶，丑陋，和肮脏”联系起来。在身体的 缺陷和精神的畸形之间显然存在差异 。那些精神世界畸变黑暗的个体是我们应该真正反对的 。我的使命就是穿越外在身体意象不同，找到什么是真正美丽的事物-它应该超越外在形态的差异