Projects: 2000-2007 > The Billy Boy Paint Book

In 2002, I began to draw obsessively from this 1947 proto-cold-war-infused American coloring book, "The Billy Boy Paint Book".

I was learning a language (albeit a calligraphic one) and I began reconfiguring this language according to my own visual impulses.

CNN, the New York Times, commercial television, trips to K-Mart, post-9/11 mass hysteria--it all gradually made its way in to the work: "translated", so to speak, by means of this calligraphic language.

Leonardo, Hiroshige, Michelangelo, and Goya cheered me on.....