Birth of the audience is a project designed to create community access to the arts and to connect my artwork with an audience. One of the changes to the art world over the last 60-ish years that is most interesting to me is that artists used to work in isolation, away from the community. When we think of an artist in the traditional sense, that word conjures up an image of a solitary genius. This notion eventually gave way to the image of artist as collaborator and community member. What was being created was accessible art work instead of work intended mainly for the art elite. This switch is central to my approach.
I am doing this as a way to communicate directly through art. Also, often times if I am stuck in a rut, I have found that giving is the solution to the problem. Somehow things begin moving and changing either from the good feelings or the interactions and adventures that follow. For me, art making cannot be an activity that is isolated from the other areas of my life, it must be part of a larger process encompassing more than just the art itself and I want it to be part of a conversation with my greater community.