Why did you pick this picture?
I recently became a parent and I’ve found that having a child is such a beautiful and life-changing experience, I often lack the words to describe what I feel. The only way to express it is through art.
Where did the idea of this art come from?
When my wife was pregnant with our daughter, I was trying to imagine what it would be like when I finally got to meet her and thinking about what it means to be a parent. This is the first piece I’ve completed in my “Motherhood” series. I also have a “Fatherhood” series and my goal is capture special parenting moments in these series as my daughter grows up.
What does this art mean to you?
There is a special bond between mother and baby and while my wife was pregnant, I was trying to conceptualize what that relationship is like. I made this piece on a map of Buffalo, NY. Like most of my pieces, I chose the map for aesthetic reasons, rather than a connection to the location. In this map, the red roads reminded me of blood vessels connecting mother and baby. Also, I liked that just as two bodies are in the artwork, there are two countries in the map.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I live in central New Jersey (USA) with my wife and daughter and I work in public relations/marketing. I have three university degrees, but in fields other than art and am mostly self-taught when it comes to making art.
What more can you tell us about your art?
My art is all handmade. Working primarily with roadmaps, I draw with ink on the paper and then use a craft knife to carefully cut away the empty spaces around the drawing and the roads. I draw on maps because for me, maps are the perfect metaphor for connection and exploration. Roads take us places and connect us with others and I want my art to do the same.
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