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Femi J. Johnson

I envision the world and my existence within as collaged experiences. Layers and fragments from childhood to adulthood, both self-taught and formal art education, adding personal and media influenced worldview with spiritual and practical human gestures all floating inside looking for position.

The representation is gestural, in profile, portrait, and urbanscapes through a process I call Abstract divided by the Objective.

My process starts by actively mixing paint and using colors from made or found papers until the composition appears; collaging more recently from my own photographs. Once I have a definite hook on the picture the dialog continues. Completion comes by drawing, painting even collaging pigment, distressing or sensitizing, all raw energy until the feeling says done. Expressed with a focus on present modernity in art, the contemporary.

The imagery is an infusion of “where from, where at, and where to” reflected from within self and community at large. Also asking, “Can I depict conscience today without natural, fabricated, or intercultural ingredients”? Challenging what makes up gestural human form and invokes a connection.

I approach subject matter in a manner to exalt life… In whatever form it occurs.

The passion… being able to tell the story with no beginning or ending… Just chapters of paint-collaging fractured renderings.