Solo exhibition of painting work at Hellion Gallery, Portland, Oregon July 2013. Check out a process video of the work coming together.
The House of Uncommons is the governmental system regulating the flow of life and energy within the spirit and cosmic world. Similar in a fashion to the US and UK parliamentary ruling classes, the House of Uncommons is comprised of a prime minister (Lord Overseer), dignitaries representing domestic and foreign affairs (Shadow Ministers), education officials, secretaries of state and the like. Unlike the government we know which regulates roads, people, money, etc, the House of Uncommons is responsible for regulating the ebbs and flows of the spirit.
The members of the House are invisible to the 2 eyes (barely a glimpse can be caught with the "3rd eye") but altogether responsible for the balance of internal and karmic energies, electric brain circulation, surges and lulls in power and subtle and barely discernible shifts in consciousness that often get mistaken for "emotion" in people. When one feels a sickly pain in his/her/I stomach, when one experiences diarrhea, when one can feel anxious or shifty…. In most cases this can be attributed to a change in the nature of the ruling class within the House of Uncommons.
One might wonder if fate or luck has dealt him/her/I a bad hand, or maybe a good hand. That hand was most likely dealt by the shadow government within the House of Uncommons, the Queens Royal Opposition and the organization which governs the laws of the spiritual world. The prayers sent skyward, the aggravated and agitated states found inside cars stuck in traffic, over stimulation, bad manners, the easing of stress and the feeling of contentment; all these are actually controlled not by "mood" but by leaders within the House of Uncommons. While not officially concerned with matters of the "flesh", some of these power swings and shifts in policy within the shadow realm inevitably seep into the land of aches and pains and driving around buying aspirin.
The House of Uncommons has yet to be fully recognized as a legitimate governing body, although this show is a step towards official recognition. The leaders within the House are spirits of the mask and cloth, rarely exposing their true identities just like their physical counterparts. My role as artist and creator is to bring these leaders into the spotlight and into the consciousness of the public of the “flesh”.