Hello! I’m Ed Corpus. Welcome. Please read my Artist’s Statement below:
I’m a visual artist and writer based on California’s Central Coast, an immigrant Asian male in the sixth decade of my years as an American. Although it’s only been in the last decade that I’ve actively exhibited my work in public, I’ve identified as a visual artist since three years of age.
California has been my home for forty-nine years. Before then, as a teen I attended the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts, the New York City public school that was the basis of the 1980 film Fame. I studied graphic design with an emphasis in digital animation at California State University at Monterey Bay. I’m a member of the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation and Central Coast Writers.
Working primarily in traditional wet and dry media, I combine visual images with the written word to create visual metaphors meant to challenge viewers’ assumptions of what is real and “normal”. If dysfunction is the norm in society, do you want to be considered normal in it?
Many of my works draw on the imagery of dreams and altered states. Expressionism, early Dada, Surrealism and magical realism in art and literature are major influences in my work. These cultural movements sought to inspire art viewers to explore the hidden truths of the subconscious and unconscious mind, and further to reject capitalist notions of normality. This is especially important in the current historical period, when large sectors of the population have come accept social injustice as normal. I refer to my art as cultural subversive, expressing ideas congruent with my own evolving ethos of social justice and inclusion – and aiming to subvert the dreadfully normal.
With Teca, my Hungarian Mudi dog