Like “Indra’s Net” or a spider’s web full of dew drops, each dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops, in a game of infinite reflection, we are all connected. Response is the act that we’ve chosen, (whether physical, mental, or verbal) to communicate with one another.
Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?
S: I go by my undocumented moniker Sydwox, but most of my artist friends call me Wox. I was raised on the central coast of California in a small surfer beach town called Los Osos. I currently reside in San Francisco, and have been in love with the Bay Area ever since I moved here in 2004. After studying visual effects for film at Gnomon (a Hollywood based private school), I turned my back on the digital world to pursue my true passion of painting surrealism and graffiti. Although I am constantly influenced by my technical background, there’s nothing better than getting your hands dirty and the fresh smell of tiny aerosol paint molecules colliding with the wall without permission. 🙂
What does Reflection and Response mean to you?
S: Reflection for me means looking within oneself to find that we are all just one reflection of each other, beneath the surface differences, one organism revolving through space on this craft called Earth. Like “Indra’s Net” or a spider’s web full of dew drops, each dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops, in a game of infinite reflection, we are all connected. Response for me is the act that we’ve chosen, (whether physical, mental, or verbal) to communicate with one another. Using all our senses we perceive what exists outside ourselves and depending on how a particular vibration resonates within us we choose a way to answer to our perceptions.
How does your piece “DaVine Apprehension” fit in with that definition?
S: In “Davine Apprehension” a vandal barely escapes injury or arrest when his artistic depiction of nature comes alive and constrains the institutional enforcer trying to stop him. This piece for me was a fun way to reflect on several experiences I had dealing with the authorities for the way I chose to respond to social issues through public self expression or “street art.” The creation of this painting helped me release a lot of anger while making light of the age old game of cat & mouse.
What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?
S: I just started working on my first canvas after a two year break where I focused entirely on murals and wheat pasting. I didn’t plan on taking this long of a break from my paint brush but I’m very excited to see what results from two years of built-up inspiration and life experience. Looking ahead, I’m working on a series painted entirely on rusted found objects and I am in the process of lining up several live-painting sessions at various venues in SF as well as a few music festivals in 2015.
Who or what inspires you?
S: I am inspired by the human experience in general and the simple miracle of existence. I also derive a lot of inspiration from dance and meditation. My earliest influences in addition to my parents and teachers were artists like M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali. Currently I am inspired by artists like El Mac, Mars 1, Banksy, Alex Grey, Twist, Android Jones, David Choe, Craola, Cryptik, and Aryz. Also through social media like Instagram, I am fed inspiration daily by all the people that I follow.
Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of that candle will not be shortened. Joy never decreases by being shared.” -Buddha
Shout out to…?
S: Mi Amor Julieta, Celia & Jarvey, Gwap, NCA crew, Croma and the entire CTV family, Danny Stenzskull, Ev, Jean, and all of Team Pleasure, Koach & Nighted, John and the Black Rock Disk Golfers, and last but not least my parents and brothers and sister…Love you all!!!
Reflection and Response.