"Exudation" is in reaction to the Gulf Oil Disaster that is affecting my hometown in Southern Louisiana and the surrounding states. The word "exudation" is used to reference equally the oil steadily and continually spilling into the Gulf and the strong outpouring of emotion from the citizens of that region, myself included. It is a reaction of frustration and of grief.
I come from New Orleans, Louisiana, which is currently surrounded on three sides by oil. I came to Memphis to become an artist the good-old-fashioned college way. Primarily, I am interested in painting representationally and realistically, and am slowly becoming more interested in and bold enough to try my hand in more abstract ways of story telling. To me, art is story-telling, whether the story be a novel, headline, or a single word.
And thank you so much to all those who came out to see it.