Damian Gonzales: Mary

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Damian Gonzales: Mary

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Washi Tape on Wood Slice, 2018

When I think of resilience, I think about my mother who raised 3 children by herself. She never complained or wanted a handout. Things were dysfunctional, but she overcame them by love and hard work. This is the reason I have fallen in love with my recent works of painting with tape. The tape is ripped into tiny little pieces, using a variety of sizes and colors, then I strategically place them to create a beautiful image. "If your life is ripped into pieces, you can always find a way to put it back together with love and hard work.”

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Damian is a formally-trained fine artist who pushes the boundaries of tradition while honoring his roots. With almost three decades of artistry under his belt, his work continues to grow and evolve, spanning the mediums of oil painting, watercolor, acrylic, screen-printing and more. These last couple of years, he has made a study of screen printing and experimenting with stencil art using a wide array of materials as his surface. He has a freedom with his materials and is open to fresh inspirations for how to use them. His recent works show a deviation from materials he's used in the past. He has taken on the medium of Washi Tape - a traditional Japanese rice paper tape - gone modern. Pigmented tape is used in place of paint to make beautiful, textured pieces that reveal the handiwork entailed in their creation.