Artist trading cards are little works of art defined by their size: 3.5" x 2.5" This collection of selected cards is an ongoing body of work I consider my visual journal. It began in 2009 and has been a steady part of my practice ever since. Many cards utilize the mixing of media, collaged magazine clippings, handcut stencils, and abstract markmaking.
1000 artworks on paper sized 3.5" x 2.5" installed as a group. 2020.
This was a process project intended to create a visual, tactile record of my energy over the course of a year -- a journal, if you will. The rules were simple: use only leftover paper and supplies from studio classes, focus on portraiture as content, spend about one minute on each card, remain as loose and reactive as possible, and keep producing cards until I reach 1000.
The first card in the series was created on June 7, 2019, and the last card was completed on August 11, 2020. That was a significant year for me artistically as I tackled my fear of drawing classes. Ironically, the more I learned to draw properly, the less secure I felt about my instincts. The practice of making these cards, while intentionally shunning the technical rendering skills I was developing in class, became a way for me to stay connected to my self taught ways. The piece as a whole represents the tension between artistic instinct and artistic technique. Each portrait was furiously drawn while looking at back issues of Interview Magazine (that’s why the bodies are predominantly and unnaturally thin.) These “models” are presented in a collaged piece purely for the fun of making the connection between reference