Introducing DOMINIC D'ANDREA, a young "neuro-genious" hiding in plain sight.
Dominic is rockin' the Word Mandala T that they deconstructed to their own unique style.
I posed 3 questions, read the inspired reply.
How do you define yourself?
A weird trans queer thing that makes art and systematizes what it perceives. A collection of elements tenuously collaborating to reverse local entropy for a short time by forging billions of organized (albeit haphazard) connections.
What inspires you?
My most consistent sources of inspiration are either from peers and other artists, or from a generalized bitter, stubborn, grim determination to keep going and see what I can see, get what I can get, and achieve whatever I can achieve. The first one is a generative, positive inspiration that leads to asking questions, making art, and seeking knowledge. The latter is what makes me work 2 jobs and smile to rude customers early in the morning when I want to be absolutely anywhere else, and overall makes me seek to continue living despite not believing in any higher reasons to do so. If this is all I get, I might as well try to get as much of it as I can, basically.
In terms of art, animals/anatomy/the workings of the body inspire me, capturing or combating fear/anxiety/dissociation inspires me, and making protective, explicitly meaningful art that makes the wearer/viewer feel more secure and powerful inspires me (especially if it's something that they can use to feel that way while confusing/alienating/enticing strangers on their own terms*).
What do you want?
I want to feel like there's solid ground beneath me and like I can live enjoyably right now without screwing over my hypothetical future self. I want to be able to live with my friends and some pets without needing to worry that we aren't safe. I want to help those around me do more of the things they want to do, and for them to help me with the same. (I also want to either stop bordering on an eating disorder or else lose weight - one or the other.)
*For me, there's a lot of strength and security in being able to feel like I'm weird and alienating on my own terms. If I look and act anything like I want to, I tend to get stared at and commented on in public. It can be very unpleasant, depending on the type of attention it is. I feel much, much better about it if they are staring because of things I choose (like odd fashion) than because of things I didn't choose (like being trans). It's a way to take agency over the way I move through public social space, which often seems hostile to myself and my friends and community. I like having that for myself, and providing it to others, for instance by painting a t shirt specifically for them.
Born hard-wired to replicate what I see, the creative process is an intuitive one for me that is greatly informed by the mystic beauty of the natural world and my experiences with death and impermanence. In my infancy, it was the death of my mother followed by its relentless recurrence over the course of my lifetime that has driven me to seek out, replicate and create all that I can and cannot see to explore these confounding mysteries. I breath, I paint, I live in an attempt to capture what I have observed in my travels around the world, over land and sea, and find place in it. A Jamaica born, Brooklyn based artist, I use artifacts from my life experiences pulled from memory and observation, my work is layered in process: Mixed media paintings, printmaking, sculpture, paper making, Installation, photography/video essay & prose combine to create my own archetype, a universal language of images found and remembered that speaks to the diversity of my heritage, lived experiences and reverence for the mystic found in our natural world.