I AMYOU | YOUAREME
For Columbia College Chicago Wabash arts corridor.
WAC Big Walls Festival 2016
This piece and like most of my work deals with non duality and interconnectedness.
The wild horses painted so large seemed to fit in the environment perfectly as if they belong, even though so giant ,they are dwarfed by the city.
I wanted the horses to have this serene yet powerful presence . Acknowledging each others power and harmony ,they appear to almost bow to one another aware that they are interdependent and interconnected.
I chose to paint the leather jacket to connect with the hide of the horse. Fashion has become a second skin even though commonly thought to be about individualism and self expression it seems actually to be a way for us to feel included and give us the sense that we belong or fit in. It’s our nature to long for that connectivity. To be part of a community and not an outsider . Part of a tribe . But the uniforms we wear , the flags we fly and the borders we create only just weigh us down and take us further from ourselves and a collective truth.
“The sensitive boy who feels much and knows little is the most unfortunate creature under the sun , because he is torn by two forces. The first force elevates him and shows him the beauty of existence through a cloud of dreams; the second ties him down to the earth and fills his eyes with dust and over powers him with fears and darkness. ” - Kahlil Kibran
We are all connected
May all be happy and may all be free from suffering
May all see and bow to the harmony within everything
(Black and white image is by Eric Newman the rest are by me)