Monday, November 16, 2015

Small Wonders IV

Two new tiny pieces are now showing at ARCH ENEMY ARTS in Philadelphia! If you're a local, you can check out the show in flesh and pencil until December 2nd.

My little rhino has already been claimed, but if you're interested in the other piece, please contact with any purchase inquiries.

The two pieces I created for this exhibit are heavily inspired by the conflicts in Syria, Europe, and Lebanon. I've been touched deeply by the suffering of innocent people there, and as a Catholic I take ownership of their persecution and the destruction of innocence, as I would most likely be cut down for what I believe if I lived anywhere else. The endangered rhino, "The Persecuted", is a response to the rarity of pureness and trust found within children, yet they are being cut down for something as silly as differing beliefs or bloodline, such as the rhino is for his horns. The horned queen, "The Burdened", is a response to the burdens the more fortunate officials face in dealing with these situations. In essence, saying that their throne and responsibilities do not allow for an easier life. The decisions to protect your own people or to harbor the influx of helpless people is not an easy one.
Having quite some knowledge of the saints, I understand all these situations to be grounds for sainthood - as they each fought against differing evils and came from many walks of life. This is why they are gilded, ornate, and adorned - as an homage to religious imagery.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Exclusive Seasonal Prints!

This year for the holidays I'm rolling out this new second edition of my 2013 piece titled The Strongest Muscle with a Sacred Heart twist along with a similar print based on my new film Treasures of  Earth with the same title. There are 35 editions of each piece, with 15 available of each available to Portland locals at my favorite boutique, ALTAR.

I spent a few days tea staining paper and individually hand embellishing each print with gold leaf. It's a pain staking and very delicate process, but my process has greatly improved since last year.  My tea staining process changes every time I do it -  last year I experimented with jasmine flower infused black tea and a tad of bronze paint. To my surprise they came out smelling fragrant like my favorite flower and with just a hint of glimmer. The new edition has a bit of a more controlled and bold tea staining process, tediously painting all 70 prints individually with three different layering techniques. The stain came through much darker and with many interesting shapes this time!

These guys are available here in my etsy shop!

The gif images and the video below are from last year's 1st edition of 6 prints. They're not much different from the second edition aside from a more generous gold oval frame and the more obvious tea staining, but I've become much better at printing and embellishing at home, so I was able to make much more!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Treasures of Earth

"Treasures of Earth" is an indirectly expressionist project by Cassie Meder, starting as an impromptu collaboration and ending as a personal profession. The film personifies the curse of being owned by possessions and surrounding oneself with material goods and expiration dates rather than the with company of genuine people and spiritual treasures. Unfortunately this is greatly inspired by people Cassie has known personally, who are trapped by outer appearance, not realizing that their self worth cannot be measured by means of a personal brand. Even more unfortunate is the guilt Cassie suffers concerning this topic herself. Having a social media presence can be emptying if used incorrectly, and since moving to Nashville she been extremely isolated, locking herself in a small tower; being bound to one place by choice and fear. This film was also a result the fountain of inspiration Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak" provided in the months before its release. It was on Cassie's mind in every way; so, due to the anticipation, it ultimately bled into her work. Coincidentally, the concept of the film you see here does allude somewhat to Guillermo's motif in his own film- (humbly of course) to the antagonists being possessed and imprisoned by a structure, a name, and the past, ultimately diluting and damning themselves. 

You can read more from my interview with Velvit Vault very soon! Keep an eye on

If you're in the Chicago area, you can catch the full film at Velvit Vault's event at Rhine Hall tonight - Friday the 23rd! More information below.
More information on the public release of Treasures of Earth coming soon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Casstronaut Cathedral T-Shirt

Limited edition of 100.
Free shipping to US residents!

This is my first ever attempt at printing my artwork besides my few collaborations with other shops who have their own established relationships with printers. This is why I'm starting out with a small run with simple artwork on a basic styled garment. Slow and steady wins the race! 
If you buy one, which I would really appreciate, I would love to have completely honest feedback so I can learn to improve this process and what to look for in a printing company. Feedback will really help my future in garment printing brighter! Thank you!
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