surf / culture / attitudes / gestures
The images of people serve, on a formal level, to introduce shape and a more complicated composition — a mixture of cultures, attitudes, and gestures — not the cliché surfer and a perfect, giant wave. The surfers in the Launiupoko Series, for example, aren’t the type to hoot for attention. They’re just some longboarders intent on their moment in the ocean.
Often, I’ll introduce a briefly sketched figure next to one that required hours of careful work. When I feel I’m getting too tight, I’ll crayon over or scribble. I want the viewer to see how the colors work together, the spatial relationships. I put figures in to conjure experience.