No Uncommon Destination, 2018

Puer

Puer Aeternus, the eternal man child, is a new series in the studio. One of the basic human personality archetypes described by psychologist Carl Jung, Puer expresses a hunger for independence and freedom. He’s opposed to boundaries and limits, and prefers living in his own head instead of reality. To manifest this archetype, I assume a completely different identity, wearing a male persona complete with a beard and androgynous clothes, have an anglo name, and leave behind the limitations of my race and gender. Because Puer hates being constrained he goes where he pleases, traveling freely through an Aleph discovered in a Jorge Luis Borges short story. (It’s actually an iPhone but I don’t have the heart to tell him otherwise.) With it he can go to all places and all times, and create experiential maps of his journeys. Like Thoreau, he is especially beholden to the landscape, as near a transcendentalist as can be found in the 21st century. Like Thoreau he’s still living at home with his mother (me, since Puer is my own conception.) Below are a series of paintings that he calls part of his Aleph series.  Click on the thumbnails to see full image.