Edition Size: 150
24 x 18 Inches
Screen Print and Archival Pigment Print on 290gsm Moab Rag Fine Art Paper
"This piece was created a little under a year ago. A friend of mine named Lauren, who I've painted before, was kind enough to pose so I could capture her likeness so to speak. I was purposefully trying to be a bit more loose with my wrist. I can get overly specific with my line work. My own sort of criticism of my work is that I can get a little too precious about it, so occasionally I will use a damaged brush, or leave pencil marks and things like that to make it not as precious so that way something else can come through. So this piece is kind of an example of that. It is part of a couple years of work that have been more figurative watercolor pieces. I have really been trying to capture people to the best of my ability, with a really challenging medium in watercolor. Watercolor is confounding to me. Right when you think you have control of it, you don't. Which is great, because it keeps me in a relative state of humility.
There's a bit of frustration, and a touch of anger in it, in that any of us have to fight for something like access to clean water. Anywhere in the world, let alone in the world's wealthiest country, where we have technologies that are about to put us on Mars and we can't seem to find out how to get safe drinking water to all our communities. As it turns out what has happened in Flint is happening all over the country, some with even worse levels. I remember hearing about it and being angry because I wasn't surprised. I started to get kind of freaked out and angry. There was this desensitization that was taking place. We need to be shocked by these things. If little old me in my weird corner of the world can help to continue to bring awareness to these things then I feel like it's my responsibility. Even if I get 10 people to pay attention to it. I hope and pray for a day when access to clean water would be something that we don't have to fight for. " - Brandon Boyd