‘Talk To Strangers [For David]’ is a series of work inspired by the unanticipated friendships that arise from unexpected, invaluable new connections. The pieces are constructed—in part—from clapboard salvaged from a renovated home, coupled with plywood scraps, and digital collages of my own limited-edition photographic prints.
David is a long-time Twitter follower who became a friend. He’s also someone who values the act of finding beauty in overlooked spaces, like refuge and salvage of all sorts. Like life, the Internet is a swamp most of the time, and we all know it. But not ALL the time. I’ve met a ton of incredible people on Twitter, and when the Internet trolls swarm I have to remind myself — things are not always so bleak. Never let the ugliness obscure or erase all the unanticipated beauty and hidden joy – in physical locations, digital, or any other corner of life.
A few months ago, David started sending me the refuse he finds at job sites so I can incorporate them into my art. I’ve been anxious as all hell to publicly show my art again after many years of hiatus – let alone attempt to market it, especially now that I’m unemployed – and trying to actually sell the things I make that (vaguely, perhaps) keep me sane. David’s constant support keeps me going in ways he cannot know. Some things are beyond words.
This series is inspired by him, created in part with the refuse in which he saw glimpses of possibility and salvaged with me in mind: may these pieces remind you to always seek the overwhelming beauty lurking around us in the darkest of times, and renew your gratitude for those whose presence makes life not bearable, but full of joy.