I've been writing since I was an idiot in high school. In fact, not many people know that I wrote long before I pursued visual art, and that it served as my first and primary means of self-expression. However, I kept it under wraps; my writing rarely saw the light of day, though I reveled in it, even if inconsistently.
Without telling anyone, last year I submitted some poems for potential publication, and to my surprise they were selected. "Surprise" is an understatement, because I'm self-taught, having read voraciously from an early age but never having received any formal training in how to write. That selection gave me the impetus to do what I'd never considered doing before, in continuing not just to write, but to write more frequently and fervently, and to set up this blog on my webpage that shares my writing with an audience, no matter how informally.
Please keep in mind all of this is copyrighted, and that I won't post any full poems or prose pieces until they are published (this isn't just out of self-preservation, but also out of respect to any potential entity that would publish or share them). Since that may be rarely (or never; luckily my experience in visual art rendered me very realistic regarding rejection), I will post informal essays, which do primarily pertain to visual art or the arts in general. These essays are shared on social media as well, and I don't have any intention of them being published in any other format beyond that.
I hope that this blog helps reveal another facet of my creative expression, and a multidimensionality to my art practice, whether through written word or drawn line. I'll end with a line from the writer's statement I submitted along with my poems that I hope neatly explains the dichotomy between--and simultaneous existence of--my words and my artworks.
My writing encompasses a much more broad scope of myself than my visual art does, acting more as an intrinsic questioning that needles into my vulnerabilities whereas my art is more about the external projection of various personas and narratives.