Basketball Paintings
Basketball Cards, Oil Paint, Scanning, Inkjet Printing 55"x40", 2014

As a young child I collected basketball trading cards passionately. Like many other kids, the small cards symbolized more to me than the objects themselves; They connected me to the powerful men I wanted to be just like one day. I was also convinced if I held into them long enough their value would increase and make me rich.

About 20 years later I pulled out the boxes of cards I had left in my childhood bedroom closet only to learn they were monetarily worthless.

A mixture of oil paint, scanning, and digital printing has given them new value again, but also emphasizes their failures. Issues of race and culture are also explored, as the mark making alludes to the idealization of the “warrior” image, but the distance the audience truly has from their “heroes.”