I spent most of my life training in performance-based art such as theatre jazz, and also playing competitive softball as well as other sports. I was interested in combining the new painting techniques I have learned in the MFA program with my love for drawing the human figure. Whether it’s performance art, sports or illustration, all of these art forms require practice and repetition. An artist must consistently practice to gain skill and develop fluidity. This can also be said for dancers and athletes. To understand this, I began closely watching professional athletes and dancers in videos and I was amazed that when the video is stopped in mid-play, there are many similarities to dance movements. For example, Giancarlo Stanton, of the Florida Marlins, making a running jump to catch a fly ball looked identical to a NYC Ballet dancer on the stage. Then, on November 24, 2015 The New York Times published an article titled “The Artistry of Stephen Curry.” The article addressed connections that dancers and athletes have in common. As a result, my thesis project turned into something more than just a series of drawings depicting movement, but a lifestyle embracing the art of movement.
Bodies in Motion is a compilation of work that encompasses a large mural, smaller art prints and a clothing line representing every type of movement. Take away the sticks, balls or the stage, and what’s left is each figure is doing what they do best - using their body as a tool to express themselves.
I spent a lot of time drawing the figures in action with Matte India Ink and not allowing myself the privilege of erasing. I looked at other artists who are known for figurative work such as Henri Matisse, Jean Jullien and Jamie Lee Reardin. Most importantly, I studied the human figure in action. I spent months viewing footage of sports figures, including Odell Beckham Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo and Kobe Bryant. I have amassed thousands of ink drawings, which I then began to cut up, combine and marry with various textures. What emerged was a body of work, depicting the artful way bodies move in space.
In the end, I hope to appeal to not just dancers and athletes, but people who love the human figure. Figurative art has played a significant role in the history of illustration. The art of the human figure in motion symbolizes our ideal selves where our bodies have no limitations.