In my work I explore the depths of human experiences through painting, embracing elements both fanciful and catastrophic. Inspired by my life experiences, I create loose narratives evoking whimsy and dark humor.

I use a variety of imagery, including cute animals, nude figures wearing skull masks, and both tragic and hopeful scenery. By incorporating these contrasting elements, I aim to evoke the underlying anxiety and unpredictability of life in the 21st century, as well as provide some relief from it. Some of my reference imagery is AI generated and some is from analog film; I am exploring these disparate mediums and painting them showing the flaws of my human hand on canvas.

Growing up in a religious community in Kansas City, I often felt like an outsider. This profoundly influenced my artistic journey, shaping my exploration of the human condition. I aim to invite viewers to find solace, forge connections, and maybe even get a laugh or smile.

Because of my battles with alcoholism and depression I am intimately aware of the healing power of art and the importance of community. My artwork aims to provide a sense of belonging to those who feel out of place. By infusing whimsy, catastrophe, and humor into my creations, I seek to spark conversations and create a space where viewers can explore their own experiences. I hope to remind others that they are not alone in their journey and that there is beauty in embracing the full spectrum of human emotions.

Craig Mussman