I like to tell stories with paint and pixels. I try to capture the jumbled thoughts and imagery that crowds my mind every day, oftentimes by juxtaposing images and contrasting elements together into cohesive narratives. Inspired by nature, humanity, pop culture, technology, food and nostalgia, I explore themes ranging from environmental and social issues, fatherhood, life and death, anxiety and mental health in hopes to show the beauty, complexity and sometimes absurdity of life and the world around us. I believe that everything is connected and my goal is to harness my version of the world into snapshots, whether it’s with a smile, a wink, or a subtle middle finger, giving everything meaning, purpose and hopefully a slightly different perspective to this shared existence.
I often hear that I need to narrow down my focus of subject matters, genres and styles to one specific niche if I want to “make it” as an artist, but I simply just can’t do it. Trust me, I’ve tried. There is too much clutter in my head that I want to get out, too many stories I want to try to tell, too many ideas and mediums I want to explore and too much inspiration in this magical, flawed and beautiful world for me too narrow it down any further, so this is where I’ve landed.
After all, isn’t that what art is about, to play, explore and be expressive and inspired in any and all ways possible? If I get judged or ridiculed for trying to do too much, then so be it. At the end of the day I hope I will be remembered for doing too much rather than not enough.
- Ryan L. Wagner