"This work is a list of recently extinct animals. I believe that animals are important to us and to the earth. The extinction of species throws the world off kilter. The animals in the painting are gone but it's not too late to save the ones that are still here. I used a green background to represent the green in nature that makes our oxygen that gives us life; this was a very somber piece to make learning how many species are now extinct. One of my biggest dreams is to start a wild life refuge in Africa if I ever have the opportunity and resources."
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“Art defines me. I don't feel like I chose art, but more that art chose me as a vehicle of expression. I feel most free and alive when I'm creating artistic ideas and concepts. It's what gives value to my life. Art has been the thing that's kept me alive when I've been very depressed.”
Dubblex has been creating and studying art in New York City since he was 12 years old. He describes being drawn to graffiti since a young age, and says he got his artistic start by creating tags on stickers and filling notebooks with drawings. Dubblex utilizes a combination of graffiti handstyles combined with hieroglyphics and calligraphy. One of his favorite parts of his art process happens after it’s completed and on display. He says, “I like the part where people are spending time with what I have created, working out the letters, and what the painting says.”
Dubblex describes his style, saying, "It’s not calligraphy and it’s not really graffiti. I spent some time thinking up a name to call it. I came up with the name XudeL, which is a word formed from the letters in DubbleX. The X in XudeL is pronounced as a Z."
Dubblex typically begins a work of art with unformed ideas and words. He creates his own lettering style, combines them with symbols, then brings them together to make a statement. Sometimes he writes certain phrases, or his or his wife’s poetry that he wants to bring to life. Dubblex uses markers, acrylics, inks, and spray-paints to create the writing, symbols, and backgrounds in his artwork. Dubblex says, “I find that markers and inks work best for fonts because they help me feel more in control of the materials. This has the effect of providing me both a safe and uncompromised art process."
Dubblex describes having lived through significant struggles in his life: “Nobody said that life was going to be easy. For me, life has always been difficult. I grew up with a very abusive mother and an alcoholic father. I suffer from Schizoaffective disorder. Growing up, I heard a lot of voices in my head and saw things not there. I did poorly at school and was not social. I lost my job because of my illness and was forced to go on disability. I have spent my life going through ups and downs.”
Despite his struggles, Dubblex says art and music are what bring him the most joy and give meaning to his life, helping him through hard times. He receives supportive services at Fountain House and is a contributing member to Fountain House Gallery in NYC, where his artwork is exhibited and he connects with other artists who have mental illness. He writes, “The most important lesson I’ve learned is, do what you love and be around those who you love, because life is too short to waste on doing things you don't love or being around people that don't love you.”
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