ATOMIC ARTS / JASON MICHAEL SAUNDERS

MAKER OF THINGS

ART WORKS

ARTWORKS 2010 TO PRESENT

There is an interesting layer added to the story of an artwork when the objects the piece is composed of has held a past life as something else.  It makes one think about consumption,  marketing ,  and scale in the products in one’s everyday life.  My lottery ticket mandalas highlight the many colors and happy designs of the tickets themselves.  My large children’s cereal box piece focuses attention on the fantastic design of the boxes and how the cereals are marketed to children using bright vivid colors and exorbitantly happy cartoon characters. The Whip-its invoke the thought of consumption but they also have an interesting shape that lend themselves to the construction of more complex objects, much like a Lego does.  At the same time there is a darker aspect to the pieces in that they call attention to how we are being manipulated to consume, the scale of our consumption and by extension our waste stream.  I’ve turned these materials into objects that I hope bring happiness and intellectual stimulation to the viewer.


WHIP-IT CREATURES

Whip-it Creatures is a series of sculptures I started  in 2014.   They’re typically under 10 inches in size and are intended to convey a  sense of fun, whimsy and fantastical optimism.  Many of the creatures, made of small steel gas canisters, are posed in stances optimistically looking up, have burst suggestive of fireworks or flowers and are painted in bright multi-layered metallic colors.

 


ARTWORKS 2005 TO 2009

In the 2000’s I was in a lot of group art shows and my work a little more eclectic but the themes of collage and re-contextualizing remains consistent.

 

 


UNIVERSITY WORK 2002- 2005

I’ve come a long way since my university days but some things still remain the same.  As a former foster child I am proud of the challenges I have overcome to earn a degree and the body of work I have created.