axis mundi: turning point of the world : line through the earth’s center around which the universe revolves
–Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
I moved to the west coast in 2001 and fell in love with the City of West Hollywood. Intrigued by the people and culture, I began writing about my neighbors and exploring paper cutting as a medium to produce their portraits. As momentum of this work grew, I titled the project Access Mundane and have included over twenty subjects in the formal collection since 2010.
Through my experiences while living here and conducting these interviews, West Hollywood appears to be struggling to uphold its all-are-welcome attitude while still clinging to its gay identity. My goal with this project is to capture snapshots and attitudes of real people living and working within this social juxtaposition as an influx of hipsters and parents dilute and arguably chip-away at West Hollywood’s character.
The participants in this project share the commonality of living or working (or having lived or worked) in West Hollywood. Some are friends, some are acquaintances, and some are strangers who contacted me asking to share their opinions. Each of the portraits featured on this site are cut out of heavy-weight Bristol board. I illustrate the subject on the back of a white sheet, cut the shapes out by hand using an Xacto knife, scan the clean side of the portrait over a black sheet of paper, then post it along with the interview.
Through both the portrait and the interview, I hope to provide a broad but informative profile of who the person is sitting across from me. It is up to the reader to decide how this person fits into this ever-changing community.
If you, or someone you know might be interested in participating in Access Mundane, please shoot me an email and tell me a little bit about yourself.