Color Me Gray is a collection of line drawings with accompanying fill-in-the-blank texts made over the course of the last three years and now available for purchase as a coloring/activity book (check out the Store to get yourself a copy). The project was been made possible by the generous donations raised by a successful Kickstarter drive in February of 2016 and the final book was printed as a limited edition of 300, all signed and numbered by the artist.
The images are cartoonish characters from the artist’s inner world rendered in a style reminiscent of the coloring books popular in the early 90s, each one posed alongside an open-ended statement intended to elicit a response from the interactor that requires interpreting the scene while recalling their own experiences simultaneously. Within this multi-layered process, mindfulness (a word often associated with the current adult coloring book craze) is achieved through the artist’s portraits of subjectivity and further encouraged from each and every other subject that experiences the same images in whatever way they chose.
I will be collecting and recording the various interpretations and interactions that occur between individuals and the pages of this book in an attempt to illustrate a larger and more complex understanding of how we individually and collectively define optimism, realism, and depression. Through recorded interviews, photographs, and displayed collections of its variously colored pages, I will attempt to outline new models for living generatively and consciously outside of normative good-life fantasies, and I would love your continued engagement.
This is what the finished book looks like -- so professional!!
Here's a sample page -- for some reason this is the image that most people gravitate towards and immediately want to fill in. Everybody likes to talk about their addictions apparently ...