Craig says: I like to collect personal revelations and try to visually share them through drawing or painting. This box series seeks to question the way we hide. Dealing with isolation, and compartmentalizing. What feels safe and comfortable may not always be beneficial. We were created with the need for community, and communication beyond ourselves. Struggling to reach out and make the personal something accessible and local requires acts of love and patience. Asking questions is a great way to encounter someone else's inner dialogue with the hope of understanding. The hope of relationship. It's seeking the heart not the box. The Box series can be interpreted a number of ways, from the religious to the psychological. The box could be a lie, it could be questioning what and why we hide from things, what we hold private versus public. It can also be a very mental type of space, for thought. I believe art asks questions better than giving answers. My hope is that this series is broad enough to be applicable not the viewer and not just personal to me.
This all started with my wife's observations of students interacting on campus during our college years. She categorized those that only casually nodded or superficially bumped into each other for a conversation consisting no deeper than, "Hey, how are you?" and "Good, how are you?" as wearing these big cardboard boxes existing without really engaging others. She categorized those who actually had an engaging conversation as wearing these penetrable bubbles in which life is shared and the two people leave the conversation enriched or affected. The former image of the cardboard boxes stuck with me for years before visually coming into existence as a series of artwork.