Jay Sullivan - I Am The Canvas

I Am the Image

Blurring the lines between the images, creative process and my life is about continuous learning – learning about image making, learning about the creative process, learning about myself, and, step by step, learning what it really means to be free and at peace.

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All the King's Horses - Jay Sullivan
All the King’s Horses
Photography
The Art of Enough

It was never enough then, and it was never enough for a lifetime.

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The Art of Enough - Jay Sullivan
My Mother Made Me Laugh…  
Mixed Media
The Art of Enough

In the end, objects representing the pain of my childhood ended in a big ball — a big ball of objects entangled in brown jute twine, fishing line, rope and red and white polka dot material.  Then in a process resembling ritual…

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Conversation Cards - Jay Sullivan
Conversation Cards
Performance
The Art of Enough

There are times we speak for 20 or 30 minutes without discussing art at all.

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Before
Pinhole Camera Photography

Summer of 2015.  I decide I want to be fourteen years old again; that magic age where I explored the neighborhood woods, played baseball with my friends and made things with my hands.

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website penance
Pavlov’s Belt
Video

Seeking to cope with the upheaval, my five-year-old self created a story.

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Small Surprises - Jay Sullivan
Small Surprises
Online Documentation
The Art of Enough

Small Surprises began when I was given this guidance:  “I think you should seek to have pleasurable moments during ordinary experiences”.

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Family of Men - Jay Sullivan
Family of Men
Photography/Mixed Media

The few family stories about my grandfathers had alcohol as the leading character.

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G(love) - Jay Sullivan
G(love)
Photography/Mixed Media

It started him on a long descent from top IBM salesman to homeless on the streets of Brooklyn some 20 years later. Our relationship followed a similar trajectory; we spoke only twice in his final ten years.

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"35 Clay Circle" - Jay Sullivan
My Father’s Ashes
Photography/Mixed Media

When my father died, his ashes were sent to me. I put the brown box on a shelf in our laundry room and forgot about it.

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No Irish Need Apply - Jay Sullivan
No Irish Need Apply
Performance

I was never very good at changing the world.

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Re-Remembered - Jay Sullivan
Re-Remembered
Monologue with Photographic Set Pieces

12 years later, I stand on the mound on warm and windy day. Senior year in high school. The catcher puts down two fingers and I throw another deuce.  It is breaking big and wide today.

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Man Child Man Cave Man Child
Video – In Process

In Man Child Man Cave Man Child  I seek to understand more fully how evolutionary psychology, personal history, kinship and cultural forces affect my emotions and behavior.

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Commercial Projects - Jay Sullivan
Commercial Projects
Varied Media

Jay has produced and creative directed hundreds of commercial projects for companies such as Sony, Mattel, Merck, Disney and many, many others. Media formats have included video, installations, print, eLearning, and live stage productions.

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