Ross Farrell, Los Angeles Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Growing up as a child of two creative and quite unstable artist parents, I was raised in the cult of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Happily I have been out of this very destructive cult for over fifteen years now.
My life was full of uncertainty. I was constantly uprooted with my three siblings and moved to different states and even different countries, Guatemala and Belize, to be missionary’s. My eldest sister Lorraine, older brother Lincoln, Josh, my little brother and I, all moved from home to home, twenty times before we were in our teens. Then when I was 18, a little gift arrived in the form of my little sister, Carly. She got to live the crazy life too. Lucky her.
Our lives infused with hate for the world around us…. never trust anyone, all were evil and we were taught that all would perish in a so-called Armageddon (in other words, god would murder a shitload of people even babies) unless we brought and they accepted god’s message.
Fucked for life, right? Hell no!!! I love a challenge. The best revenge is living well, and I most certainly believe in revenge. Nothing beats a chilled vodka Martini and a great cigar with friends. As an adult, my life is still full of creativity, craziness and adventure, just more positive now.
My beautiful and always funny wife (she needs a real sense of humor to be with me, somewhere there are a pair of wings and a halo with her name on it, that is if heaven exists) feeds my creativity and inspires my world. Barbara and I have been together now going on twenty-two years. We still struggle, as everyone does in life but we always try to have a sense of comedy about almost all tragedies.
My life experience has truly impacted my media. mediums have included sculpture, abstract paintings, and now this collage artwork. I use as little computer assistance as possible - Trying to keep it old school. Each piece is hand cut with an x-acto blade and layered and configured to create a unique story. Some pieces are dark. Some are whimsical. Some are a little of both.
As you guessed and will experience when viewing my work, religion and god have a strong voice in all of my art, usually negative, but so does sex, not negative - it’s my favorite hobby - love, also, not negative, freedom, violence, tenderness, anarchy, plant, animal, human, adventure, loss, and redemption. (please turn record over)