How in the world are we here?

Troy Ramos


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The inspiration for this painting was similar to another work of mine (“Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These..”) which also shared a dark, foreboding border, almost trying to trap the inner light inside of the work. But this work is more rebellious. You can see the red line going off in the top right and some of the colors inside edging closer to breaking free of this black container. Even some of the colder, darker elements that make up this metaphorical 'jail cell' creep outside of their own borders. I think this painting is on the verge of blossoming. It’s a work growing stronger in confidence and you feel like it’s going to burst out of its chains . You can almost feel the radiance and the vibrancy shining brightly, almost like a pure light is starting to shine through the cracks that once surrounded it. This work was created at a time when it felt like my back was to the wall in terms of artistic production and trying to get connected with people who would welcome my work into their homes. It’s not a work representing desperation, rather, it’s almost like a beautiful leap into the unknown.

14"H × 11"W × 0.125"D
Mixed Media
Spray Paint, Acrylic & Mixed Materials on High Quality Fine Art, Acid-Free Paper


'My religion is to trust myself'. My process involves creating art quickly to produce works which represent a particular moment in time. Years of study and experimentation have made significant contributions to my work. But simply trusting my instincts has encouraged more interesting results and has allowed me to avoid difficulties related to paralysis by analysis. There is often an appropriate amount of breathing between various aspects, layers or gestures within each work. But those breaths are also within the same period of time and space, so each new element still feels and looks like it emanated from materials which came before it.

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