Yeah, exactly. Yeah, I have to pull it from something—as small as the color of someone’s tie—and it can resonate with me. I’ll have to bring that from a subconscious or I guess imaginative state into a physical state, otherwise, it just sits inside of me and it just festers.
So this piece is actually an inspiration I pulled from my mother. She passed away recently, so not even to make it about the death of a person but it was more just finding things within the memories I have of my mom and recognizing them within myself and putting them onto a canvas. So it was more of me pulling things—from what do I feel like of my mom resonates with me and where do I recognize that within myself—and to put it on a canvas. So yeah, that’s what this piece was, it was a journey through a memory.
I should do that. No, the envelopes actually came from—so I love writing, that’s my biggest thing—I used to write my mom letters since I’ve moved to America. And so that’s where that all started was with I would write letters and put them in the envelopes, and sometimes I would send them, sometimes I would not, but it just became a way of me kind of removing things from my subconscious and being able to put them in a place where it was almost like letting go of something. So it’s definitely been a process that’s helped me find things. It’s fun, to be honest with you. It really is. It makes my work fun. I’m like, “What do I want to put in this envelope?” And usually it has something that directly relates to the painting in the envelope, so it’s definitely fun.