Graffito- is an Italian word meaning “to scratch”. The origins of Graffiti Art connect to the cave drawings in Ancient Egypt as far back as 6500 B.C. Graffito is “ a deliberate mark by scratching or engraving into the surface of a wall. The marks can form an image or writing.” Now, by no means am I saying that I’m a graffiti artist in the modern sense of the word but, about 5 years ago an interesting thing happened. I was not happy with the solid black silhouettes that I was painting, and as a response to that I decided I wanted more texture. The paint brush was not cutting it (excuse the pun). So, I took a utility knife and began to “scratch” into the surface of the canvas, not realizing at the time, that I was going all the way back to that period in Art history to achieve this effect. The funny part about all of this, is my work seems “modern” but there so are many traditional elements to it, this being one. Maybe in some ways, I’m trying to bring elements of the past and put them in a more current context. Who knows, sometimes it is just instinct other times, trial and error. Whatever the case, it just seemed to work. The effect is great, because what I like about it most, is from a distance the silhouette still looks solid black but as you move closer to the painting you begin to see the scratches which I hope creates an element of surprise for the viewer.
So maybe I am a graffiti artist? …………. na, who am I kidding.