To briefly summarize the 'world as I see it', the overwhelming words that encapsulate my being, role and motivation in it all, is 'CREATIVE DEFIANCE'.
The dictionary describes defiance as: a daring or bold resistance to authority or any opposing force, –in short, a challenge.
This is a defiance bred, from growing up with the degradation, that is racism and discrimination.
A defiance extracted from the indignity of being portrayed and treated as inferior, just because of the location of my birth
A defiance that sits uncomfortably in an intolerant world not willing to accept differences, as this would mean sharing, and god forbid that.
A defiance inflamed at watching the visions, images, wisdom and cultures of my forefathers relegated to vignettes of global subversion.
A defiance triggered by the human and ecological damage we are causing, by living in collective denial of the problems, inherit in the lifestyles that control us.
A defiance exacerbated by hypocritical, populist politicians and the wealthy, who use their expertise to skew and game our democratic potential, in the name of nationalism.
A defiance at being invisible, never looked at but looked through, as my ideas have no right to be pertinent and influential, because that would mean I exist beyond society’s fearful image of anyone who looks like me.
Ultimately a defiance strengthened, through searching for a visual language that defies the manipulative communication, that neutralizes our senses, for the benefit of market forces alone.
Ironically, it is supposed to be a new age for the world to enter our cultural arena and embrace and celebrate our spiritual participation in humanity. Yet to accept our contributions as equal, is to accept us as equals - and therein my friends is the larger battle.
A battle I am waging by staying true to the source of my inspiration and passionate to my vision and vocation as a catalyst for social change. This focus is my penetration against the bubble of complacency that surrounds us, with the hope that we can all live as respected equals with dignity, able to enrich the world that sustains us.
After all, is it not a designer’s duty to offer a new vitality, energy and greater appreciation of the diversity of the world, to the world, through the defiance of creativity?