Every city, town and rural community has folklore that fuels an endless dialogue. Those who listen often find themselves inspired and perplexed by its beauty, mystery, fear and pathos.
In an age of conformity, it's important to celebrate the diversity of difference — the wonderful weirdness that is part of nature and life itself, but is often marginalized in common culture.
I seek the subplot of each destination and explore underlying cul-de-sacs of representation, where truth and beauty land far outside the cultural paradigm. I suss out the essence that makes each location unique — fueled by the imaginations of the inhabitants.
These pilgrimages are a timeless waltz through history. Whether they reveal a ghost story, a village eccentric, a cryptid sighting, a recurring natural phenomenon, an unusual ceremonial practice or simply a celebrated indigenous species of plant or animal, my paintings encapsulate microcosms of the human condition — all within a circus banner.
The Cape May New Jersey show will feature banners portraying local folklore such as the Black Dog, the White Stag and Hoppie the Sea Monster. Others will include the Jersey Devil, along with his line of produce depicted in the style of fruit crate labels. There will also be an homage to Charley Harper’s Migration Mainline.