I've been keeping a journal in one form or another since 1996. The covers in this gallery are of my everyday journals spanning 1996 to the present. Each one is made from an altered "marble" composition notebook. I use these to jot down my thoughts and ideas and to experiment with different "art" techniques that I may use in other projects.
I have a lifelong fascination with found objects, repurposed items and ideas, and everyday ephemerae. I imagine these things as lost, dusty, artifacts uncovered in old museums. I draw a heavy influence from the journals of Peter Beard, Wallace Berman's "Semina" mail art, Joseph Cornell's boxes, and the writings of the Beat Generation. My work tends to incorporate these aesthetics into their design, structure, and content. I make my books using traditional binding methods and often with non-traditional materials.
The Propadhamma series is inspired by old Soviet propaganda posters and my continuing study and practice of Buddhism. I am a pacifist, by nature, and strive to integrate non-violence into my life, work, and the world I interact with. The Propadhamma series is the repurposed idea of propaganda (information, ideas, or rumors spread deliberately to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.) and its transformation into Propadhamma (an instrument of peace spread deliberately to inspire, enlighten, and benefit all human beings.)