Drawing is some sort of release for Travis. If he is stressed or off kilter, the process of using just a pen on the paper can reset his balance. That’s why he always carries at least one sketch book with him. Travis is a natural prodigy in drawing. The way he draws his lines confidently makes you think he is connected to an inspirational source, what he says assures this: “painting is like meditation for me.”
Travis was busy painting since he could hold a pencil. His mother has his art works documented since early childhood. While he has tried his hand at print making, sculpture, egg tempera and many other mediums, but he always comes back to drawing. He could easily say that art is his calling.
Travis made his profession academic, but after he made sure he had developed his own style and found confidence in it. “I was against the idea of going to an art academy for ages,” said Travis. He had seen many artists who had gone through academic art studies and that have had ruined their love of art and they started working in offices after that.
photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program
Architecture is a strong source of inspiration for Travis’ sketches, just as dreams are his muse for illustrating. He believes everything that happens to him during daily life gathers and assembles in dreams. This is where subconscious enters and makes a distinctive show. He places high value on dreams and wants to spend as much time exploring them as he can.
Mapping is another field that Travis is obsessed with. He explains, “Maps are from the very first means that human could use to understand and describe his surroundings.” Maps are like a common language for people, and Travis likes to communicate or transfer a feeling with his audience through his work.
Currently at PK, he is working on a series of maps from an unknown place. He believes maps can recall something in people from their historical memory hidden in their subconscious, especially when the map is produced from his subconscious and not necessarily from the reality outside. So with an art piece like that, people connect through a hidden chain and communicate on a Meta level.
Written by Elnaz Mostaan
images supplied by artist
To more of Travis’ work you can check his Facebook page, and of course you are welcome to the following exhibitions:
Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS
Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00
Sat 16 / Sun 17
Thur 21 / Fri 22 / Sat 23
14:00 bis 18:00
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland
Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41
Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00
PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig