Welcome to the new year, everyone!
If you don’t know me already, my name is Darryl Naito. I am a printmaker currently studying at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. I love sushi, Welsh Pembroke Corgis, CMYK halftones, bougie cafes, Magnani Pescia, and a well grounded stone. I needed a place to collect my thoughts about printmaking and my struggles as an artist, but more importantly, as a human being. And who doesn’t love an aesthetically pleasing blog to go back to every week?
But I digress, more importantly, let’s talk about this piece I did last semester. To give you some background about my intaglio etching class, our first assignment was to create a piece that was to be distributed to many, whether it be family, friends, political figures, pop stars, or just random people across the globe, maybe even you! But it had to be something that held value to us and to those we wanted to distribute to. But what is it to make important artwork that holds a powerful meaning? Does it mean to make something extraordinary personal, something broad, such as a political topic of the day? Or is there a bridge between the two that we can create and explore?
You’re right, I like the last one, too.
So I set my sights on creating a space that bridged a personal story set in a political environment by using my own love of Greek mythology and my allegorical style. But what does it mean, you ask? Use that powerful brain of yours and deduct your own message! Art is supposed to be unrestricted, ambiguous, vague and a thousand other words!
"Theseus & Narcissus"