Roger Boss

individual, ENTITY.3003
Life Dates:
b. 1983
GVSU Alumni Status:
GVSU Alum, 2011
Artist Biography:
"I love animation and comics. Some of my favorite artists, like Chris Ware and Osamu Tezuka, have made a living from making comics. If done well, reading a comic can be like watching a movie. The panels and dialogue seamlessly flow across the pages with clarity and effortlessness, easily allowing the viewer to imagine the action and dialogue unfolding. Just as precise vocabulary can paint a picture in the reader's mind, precise cartooning can capture the movement and action of a scene. My paintings combine the graphic style of comics and animation with the more rendered look of classic paintings. This style lends the viewer to read the painting like an animation cell and to imagine what lies in store for the characters-without-sacrificing attention to detail and atmosphere. These illustrations explore the dreams of the heroine of this series: a young minority girl named Winnie. Each illustration depicts her dreaming of various settings and story lines: whether it is fighting with Golem and Bilbo in "The Lord of the Rings", defeating Shere Kahn in "The Jungle Book", or just lounging at a socialite dinner. Although Winnie may seem out of place in many of the contexts she dreams herself into, they are nonetheless the types of stories that young adults are reading and thinking about. Each painting illustrates the inevitable fall into the land of the subconscious we visit in our sleep, along with the weird and strange ways our brain attempts to make sense of our role in this world. Although many people may read the same books and see the same movies, our heroine will have a unique perspective on these tales that will manifest in her dreams."

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