Growing up as a fan of the Horror Genre in Films, I was always fascinated by the primal emotions it brought up to watch these heroines/heroes try to defy such gruesome odds. The other aspect that always struck me as well, was how these horrors seemed to be present in such drastically different settings. Whether it was a haunted house, a once congested city, a camp site or even your dreams- the characters were never safe from these often iconic terrors.
This lead me to come up with a new design project that examined this notion of Horror being present no matter where we might be or live.
#UnitedStatesOfHorror is an ongoing design project that takes all 50 States of the United States of America and mashes them up with the iconic villains that reside or terrorize those locations. I had to dig deep to create an accurate list and even I was surprised by some of the results.
In addition to the ongoing project, I recently brought 4 of these states to life as part of the "Postcard Correspondence" show over at Gallery 1988. Each pack includes 4 horrific postcards that represent the overall idea of #UnitedStatesOfHorror as well as has fun with self aware, "postcard-esque" messaging to accompany your own handwritten notes to recipients.
If there is one fan base I've been a part of the longest and been so passionate about since adolescence, it would hands down be the "Star Trek" universe created by the legendary Gene Roddenberry. All of these shows (TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, and sure- Enterprise) and films have graced, taught and enlightened myself and so many of the years. Growing up, this universe shaped my views for the better through engaging themes, storylines and importantly, it's beautifully crafted characters. When thinking of a way to pay homage to "Star Trek" for the year of it's 50th Anniversary, I'm not going to lie, it felt terrifying. How will I find a way to capture this universe in a way that does it justice? After much thought and lots of terrible ideas, I decided to K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) and focus on what meant so much to us Trekkies, the individuals. Star Trek Silos is an ongoing art project of 4x4 Prints that try to capture the essence of all the series' characters through use of bright colors and graphic silhouettes. Once all is said and done, all 50 pints will be compiled into book form. LLAP.