“I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society. My work can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightening speed”
Growing up in the punk rock, metal and skate community, Venom was exposed from a young age to the imagery he still uses: tigers, skulls, pinup girls, chains, eagle wings. These are 20th century motifs with ancient roots. They suggest virility, power, wildness, masculinity. It’s hard to imagine anything more opposed to that, at least in American culture, than quilting.The contrast lands Venom firmly at the intersection of absurdity and brilliance—and it works.
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