My interest in humanity's legacy of leaving marks on walls began as a child looking at pictures of petroglyphs from the American Southwest. Through these ancient depictions, I dreamed my days away mentally visiting these realms of the past and wondering what their lives must have been like. My interest grew throughout adolescence prompting me to pursue my inquiry further, eventually leading to studying anthropology in college where I analyzed this pictorial phenomena in ancient cultural traditions and was fascinated by the diverse variety of these symbols and their universal graphic language. Captivated by their ability to communicate so efficiently, given their simplicity, I was prompted to look for a modern interpretation and found it in graffiti. Often overlooked, hated, and misunderstood, these colorful depictions are merely an extension from the classic tradition of people attempting to communicate the complexity and challenges facing them in their ever changing world by putting marks on walls.
My creative journey as a photographic artist encourages me to seek what I call, the shadow moment of beauty in these modern markings. To interpret them through the lens as a particular, unrepeatable moment in time while revealing within them a hidden message of the universal human desire to communicate and express oneself artistically. Through the medium of graffiti spheres my work imparts the notion of returning full circle in time, linking the traditions of the past with the present continuing the legend of this rich visual history.
Thank you for taking a moment to review this portfolio and allowing me to share my personal vision with you.
I am actively seeking gallery representation for this body of work.
All images copyright 2018 Byron M. O'Neal.