Limited Edition of 100. Each one signed and numbered.
(13X21 CM / 5X8.25 IN) 108 pages + 3 postcards
One of the greatest tools that I have stumbled upon for healing and catharsis is making art. Sometimes it is for money. Sometimes it is for the likes. But these collages were made purely for my own pleasure and out of a passion to create for my own sanity. It was my hobby and my therapy. What I didn’t know at the time was that this process was to be the foundation for all the artworks I would create in the future.
Most of these works were made during a chunk of time when I was teaching yoga and meditation, living between New York and Tokyo, and taking frequent pilgrimages to India. A blank journal and my little art kit accompanied me all over the world, and I would set up a makeshift studio wherever I landed. One of my favorite parts of traveling in those days was hunting for content. Some of my fondest memories are of the times I spent chatting and drinking tea with the proprietors of bookshops, magazine stands, and art stalls. Such a great way to explore, connect, and integrate with local cultures.
For me collaging is a metaphor for how my brain works, and a reflection of my surreal interpretation of reality: beauty in the torn edges, overlapping pictures, stains, spills, and splatters. Vivid and assorted layers are placed wildly to create one harmonious story, and then you turn the page and begin again. Discovering new techniques through trial and error, I realized that sometimes most appealing results come from reworking my greatest blunders. And somehow, through the act of piecing together what at first seemed to be random imagery, a cohesive mythology appeared.
These past few years I’ve been living the life of a nomad and making art on my computer. This work has my previous collage influences, and I still hunt for content, but on the web instead of in shops and stalls. At times I am nostalgic for the tactile quality of working with scissors, glue, and paper. One of the greatest gifts of making this book is that for the first time in years I was inspired to buy a new journal and some supplies and I started making collages again. A few of those are included, along with a selection of my all-time personal favorites.