Ten years ago, I was seventeen and about to enroll in an undergraduate program to get my B.F.A.Before going off and getting my fancy art education, I gave Jimmy Fallon a painting.I wrote about it here.Celebrities and the media I was obsessed with growing up helped me get through some very difficult times.I didn’t know at the time, but that’s why I needed to paint Jimmy Fallon. …fingerpainted, in my room, late at night.
I went and got my art degree.I didn’t paint celebrities for most of college.Then I got mono. ..and back problems, and lost another family member.I watched a lot of movies.I watched a lot of tv shows. It helped me get through it. When nearly done with my art degree I started to think why I needed these forms of media or why anyone needed these relationships.I also started to think about what that relationship is.It was the start of the bodies of work I’ve continued to do since graduating undergrad.
At the age of twenty-seven, I am about to embark in a graduate program to get my M.F.A.Yesterday I went to the Strand and heard James Franco speak with Frank Bidart about the relationships we have with media.