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“Faces Of The Parabox” is a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box. We often create our own boxes. This painting reflects upon the only person that can change your life. It’s you!

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The artist journal and the messages from it were started around 2011 when I was on the precipice of homelessness. I didn’t have the resources the paint, so painting the words in the journal satiated that desire just enough until I could get back on my feet again. I realized there are lots of other people struggling out there and perhaps they could use some hope and encouragement from someone that has been in their shoes. We all need a little boost sometimes and our vulnerabilities have the power to make us stronger both individually and collectively. These pieces are just a small sample from my hundreds of journal entries.

Some of the greatest artists in history received little recognition while today you can have millions of followers on social media for all of the wrong reasons. The number of people that know you or know your work has little to no correlation with your personal value. Always remember that and make the work you need to make. The right people will pay attention and those are the lives you will change. It’s better to build one real connection than to have a million fake ones. Success and fame are an illusion. True success can only come from within. It is only by knowing yourself that others can truly begin to know you. 

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Rising phoenix necklace for the phoenix rising in you

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Year ago I sacrificed one of my paintings “The Transmutation Of Miss-Tere” in an alchemical process of equivalent exchange (video footage available on YouTube). In order to obtain, a sacrifice is always necessary. I saved the remnants of the framework that survived the flames and shaped them in the form of an “A” for “Acrylic Alchemy.” It is floating between two pieces of glass and you can still spot one of the dollar bills that was part of the sacrificed painting. I have not yet had an opportunity to showcase this piece but it is available. Sacrifices of this nature have become a regular part of my work and process.

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I think a lot of people think of artists as unorganized and all over the place…but I don’t believe I could be much further from that. Organization and structure are very important parts of my process. This comes down from painting care, preparation, and even the organization of my colors for quick/efficient color mixing and inventory. Healthy habits, behaviors, and rituals find a way to work themselves into every aspect of your life, which is why it’s important to have them. Focus and clearly defined goals go a long way. Not there yet? That’s okay. Take baby steps. You will get there.

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Behind The Paint! Check out my podcast interview from yesterday on my blog at CariniArts.com 

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Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

“Reconstruction of the Chimera (Zachericle)” tells the story of the mythological phoenix while also incorporating personal narrative elements and concepts of the ouroboros & chimera. Created during my 2012 artist residency, it was inspired by a young man named Zach. Zach would stop by on a daily basis to grab a piece of candy from the bucket I left by the door for those passing by. One day, Zach decided to step in a little further than usual which led to a deeper conversation. I handed Zach a print of my work for stopping by, at which point tears welled up in his eyes. It was at that time that Zach told me he had been living on the street and was just accepted into a program where he would have a bed to sleep for the first time in a long time. My print, he said, was one of the only things in his possession that he could call his own, and the first thing for him to hang above his bed. By the time I finished this painting, Zach had stopped coming by. I don’t believe he ever saw it and hopefully that’s because he’s doing well. Sometimes we just need a chance to start over.

The ashes in this piece are from a painting I burned titled “The Transmutation of Miss-Tere” and the cut fragments are from a piece titled “Sacrifices and Second Chances (The Day Eye Made The Devil Blink).”

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Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact segmentations of energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time. I’m very blessed and thankful to be able to share this powerful and emotional piece that sheds light on suicide and suicide prevention. I’ve never shied away from the deep and the dark and I won’t start now. This is one of my most intimate and personal creations, depicting an angel embracing a suicide victim at the moment of impact. It reflects upon not only losing my father to suicide on my mother’s 21st Birthday, but also my own battles that have continued to follow me throughout my life. I was only .38 seconds away from a completely different story that would have left many of my greatest creations nothing more than dreams never brought to fruition. If you or someone you know is fighting this battle, please call 1-800-273-8255 because there is hope. There is always hope as long as you’re still breathing. Keep fighting. 

This painting is on exhibition at Arts District Liberty Station with the Expressive Arts Institute in the Martha Pace Swift Gallery until June 15.

You can see my powerful musical collaboration with Lucidious for this piece at CariniArts.com