I finally made it into the HoCo Open! I’ve been wanting to participate in this show since I first saw it in 2010. It’s a great show, very interesting artwork from my perspective which means its colorful and there are things I hadn’t seen or thought of before. The show runs January 16-February 27 at the Howard County Center for the Arts. 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
This particular painting I submitted is a personal favorite of mine from 2012. That was the time when I was beginning to find my own style and beginning to experiment more and more. SEXO is how I used to sign my artwork from about 2010-2012. This was during my time at Howard Community College. The reason I chose that name Sexo is because the word sex is an iffy word in our society and I wanted to push the envelope a little bit. I wish we would be more open about ourselves as a society, expecially about subjects that are so universal. What’s the big deal? Where did this shame and fear of exposure come from? I don’t think its serving us very well. In any case I have faith that this will change, and I will do my part to continue to push the envelope in whatever way seems appropriate to me. The name Sexo was not something that I had seen before, it was unique to me and I knew that nobody else besides me would have used it. Plus, I was curious to see what kind of reaction it would get from my peers. It was mostly positive-actually it was all positive. 🙂
I’ve since moved on to signing my artwork with my actual name, I’d rather not have to explain every single time somebody sees my work why I signed it with the name Sexo. That being said, the name to me represents an era during my journey as an artist as well as the energy I was working with during that period. Every now and then, Sexo may make an appearance.