The Kenora Project
The Kenora Project is dedicated to my mother to which the project is dedicated to. I put 62 pieces of art in public areas of NY and LA for 13 consecutive weeks to commenting her sudden and swift departure from capture.
I thought about using a rose in the artwork because it resonated with the idea of giving someone flowers while they are alive. I wanted to reference old sailor tattoo styles. In sketching it and trying to come up with my own style I added the hearts to the center buds. This to me made it really signature and also symbolized the love that two people have. Especially that of a mother and a child being that one rose is inside the other. I chose to do the halo as it was an element that I was using in other works and it felt like a natural extension to show one that has passed on. The core message of this art is not only to share with those that are here but also to remember those that are not. They are still with use one way ore another even if it is just in the living genetic material that sustains us. I mainly used black canvases as that was my mother's favorite color.
I chose to continue th narrative of the idea of giving those that you love flowers while they are still with you. The Rose Pin became a natural extension of that narrative. I liked the idea of being able to give someone that I cared about a flower that didn't die. The pin is to be worn in memory to one who is lost or the love one that is still amongst us. The pin is also to be given as a token that symbolizes the love that you have for them.
I was commissioned to do do an out door installation in Las Vegas. One of the things that I wanted to do was add the ROSE to one of the sides.