DARBY MADDEN GROSS (March)
From the Artist: My name is Darby Madden Gross. I was born in Petaluma Sonoma County and grew up there, Cotati and Rohnert Park. I come from a crazy family of artists. For me, my family name "Gross" means wild artist. Art to me is music, writing, film, painting , and anything one chooses to express through their mind that can be received through someone's senses. Although painting was always around me, it was music I found first. So when I started painting at the Santa Rosa Junior College, my painting was connected to my writing and drumming that I created in hardcore bands growing up. Loud, angry and gestural, my art represents everything in society that is wrong. I am interested in finding and creating symbols that show the world as it crosses our mind.
I have always been exposed to museums, paintings, sculpture, design, philosophy, books, films, albums, comics, anything creative that was around in my father's and mother's household. However, my art has always been influenced by street art and the ordinary everyday things we see throughout the day. The expression "stop and smell the roses" comes to mind. My most recent series is an expression of how addiction, ignorance, lack of direction , repeat mistakes, alcohol, smoking can all be a part of our own stagnation.
Through my work I strive to use color, layers, texture, cut outs, and everything else including the kitchen sink to let the process of painting, as my core interest, to develop my subject of the self. No matter what I am talking about, I talk of the self and the self made arguments that go through our minds on a daily basis. I believe in this world and I am constantly in conversation about what will come, what is and what has been. At the end of the day, I take upon my shoulders, through my art, the struggles of the world. If you wish to talk about anything, feel free to come up to me and let's talk. Call me, DM me, or just scream out. Thank you for being you.