Until recently, Casey McBride would not have considered himself an artist, but creating has always been his saving grace. “It’s the one place I feel safe from judgment, confusion, rejection, and heartbreak. Let us strive to be transparent with each other in hopes that it will lead to something truly beautiful”, says McBride.
WCG: How did you get to be where you are now as an artist?
McBride: Two years ago, on my Grandmother’s 90th birthday I began to start making analog collages. It was just days later when her husband, my grandfather, Tone passed away. It was then that I started to use art as a tool to heal from this loss, and proudly express exactly who I am.
WCG: What does being an artist mean to you?
McBride: I only consider myself an artist when I’m expressing something that can provoke thought. Outside of that, I’m just a person who enjoys creating things.
WCG: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work?
McBride: To express whatever is needing to be expressed in the moment. We, as humans, experience so much sensory stimulus. In this age of convenience, we are trading in experiences for social media dopamine.
WCG: What two art-related achievements are you the proudest of?
McBride: Having my first gallery show in April 2017 and art lovers actually showing up, and An Artist Spotlight feature that same month in Native Magazine.
WCG: What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
McBride: Don’t listen to the noise that surrounds you, don’t consume thoughtless art, and be yourself. It’s the best possible version of who you are. That’s what I’ve found to be true for myself, as an artist in this crazy world we live in.
McBride’s closing remarks:
This has nothing do do with being informative, rather a confession... I eat TONS of Kroger sushi. Just thought I’d put that out there.
I am no longer on social media [that’s another story], but I do have a website www.MyNameIsPickle.com
I also have an email list that you can subscribe to on my website that is an actual newsletter about my life, art updates and lots of photos from my world travels. It’s basically spam for people who don’t know me.
Featured SGB Artwork:
Natural 1, 2 & 3 (3 ea. 13” x 33”) Acrylic, Dirt & Grease on Recycled 1940s Kitchen Cabinet.
The method and meaning for these pieces were simplicity. I wanted to make it look like these weren’t even painted but how the wood could have naturally been this way all along.
Sides ( 23” x 28” ) Acrylic, Dirt & Sormagé on Found Wood in Dumpster
As many of my pieces are within the 10”-14” width size, going bigger is always more difficult for me. Since I work in small details and nuance I decided to make the line down the middle the central focus of this piece to get distracted from the small details as in the bottom right corner, which is my favorite mini painting within this piece.
Off The Grid ( 26” x 48” ) Acrylic, Dirt & 1940s Grid Paper on Found Wood in Dumpster
This is a mix of static and chaotic, two forms that seem to be happening all around us.