Tell us about the name, Symbiogenesis, what it means to you and how it defines your work:
Initially, the concept came from an artist co-op that I started with a collection of artisans in Missoula, Montana. But there are two major implications in the concept “symbiogenesis” that I use as driving forces in my work and artistic philosophy. It’s really the idea of converging and re-culminating and the impact that has on us as a primitive species and world civilization. Art is the ultimate time capsule in a way, earmarking who we were, how we we were, what ideals we held in the highest regard, whether they be religious or sexual or just honest; they are all the snapshots of this thing we call “human.” As an artist, this is both a tremendous responsibility and a fantastic consolation. It covers everything to what we wear, what we live in, adoration of the existing material universe.
I definitely believe that we are circumscribe to the sum total of our outputs. I am constantly amazed at the infinite sea of creative potential and the limitless sea of usable resources that surround us. Secondly, I feel that this is the only way for regenerating ideas and perspectives that inevitably become the world we experience moment by moment. We honestly can’t escape creating something out of whatever it is we sense (see, touch, hear, smell, taste) and in that we way, if we are awake we are creating out of the sensory world we exist in.
Symbiotic means the coming together of two separate agents, who have an affect on each other in a positive way. Genesis is the beginning of something new, implying that it has never existed before. We have countless examples around us today in how two or more cultures came together, or perhaps western and eastern philosophies came together, or maybe even just peanut butter and jelly. Combining Art styles, techniques or ideas is no different. This is how we create originality. Every moment is uniquely thumb printed by the moment it all comes together and by the people who make it. Artistically, when I sit down at my desk, leaning back in my chair, I feel like a magician or a mad scientist with all of these interesting ideas, colors, lines and materials. Sadistically I cackle as I tie them into a cohesive piece from the borrowed limbs of inspiratu, until a depiction remains from the chaos of possibilities. I try not to premeditate too many aspects of my work, but rather let them form organically in the unique moment that I take part in their arrangement.