MK: As an artist, I admire how you picked up on that collective unconscious energy that we all felt, and how you transformed it into your own works. How did you go about carving your own expression and path ahead, within all that turmoil?
BI: Each time you step further away from the source material, distortion and bias grow, as each person interprets and gives meaning to events differently. I try to interpret and communicate in these portraits, each person’s awareness and reaction to the current reality, and show a deeper awareness of the political and social atmosphere in which we live. I chose to represent the face, as it is the most identifiable and expressive part of the human form, and by offering multiple angles and views of the same subject, it shows the many facets and angles that each person perceives and emanates. The interaction between the many layers references my previous work, by using hard edge forms and multiple glazes, I create relationships between the foreground, middle ground and background that communicates the interconnections between our various subjective planes of reality and exemplifies the complexity of each individual personality and the different ways we are perceived. Each fragmented portrait's covers and reveals itself, the underlying forms and images capturing the compiled complexity of the moment.
MK: Specifically about your painting "Kio" included in this exhibition, is that the same person seen from various planes? Can you tell us a bit about how this painting came to life?
BI: Yes,”Kio” comprises three views of the same person juxtaposed in a unique way on top, beside and underneath each image. Kio as an artist explores pan-nationality and pan-sensory subjects as he researches and mines historical sociolinguistic references that amplify awareness of temporal events past, present and future so his inclusion in my series was obvious to me.
MK: It is interesting for me to see how you work with your subjects. You not only delved deep into their lives but also transform their and your life into a series of paintings. In doing so, you interacted with various people from all walks of life. Can you tell us about your connection with your subjects?
BI: Every person has a history and connection to the theme of these portraits and I have a personal connection to each subject of the portraits. As I absorb their stories of courage and triumph over oppression I am reminded we live with these truths on a daily basis and each narrative has a relevance and power all its own and they deserve to be felt and heard. A person’s story is a lifetime of experience and learning to get to this point in time and we all share in parts of the biography that depict struggle, grief, perseverance, and strength.