For the drawings of my Monoliths series, I photographed run-down billboards that I came across during road trips over the course of several years. These images were then edited to remove everything but the billboards' faces and flattened to present them as portraits. After splitting their channels into separate CMYK layers, the images were translated to 6-ply museum board by utilizing various drawing techniques. Giving a nod to the history of billboard production, I drafted areas of color using pen + ink to recreate the 4-color process of digital printing while select details were output using charcoal; an old standby in the days of hand-painted signs.
Monoliths is conceptually tied to a practice and an idea. The practice of repurposing found objects and images - a longstanding tradition in modern art, particularly among Pop artists like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol - provides the basis for this series. In fact, when taken out of context, the billboards themselves could be construed as paintings by any one of the artists aforementioned. The idea behind the series, which I believe to be thematically tied to the practice above, is that any of the images we encounter in everyday life can be beautiful. Even images that might signal decay or be considered trash, when given another context and a new life, can be art.