The First Question
The first questions that I get when people ask me about tape art, “How did you get started on that?” I went to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. One of my roommates was studying to be an industrial designer and consequently he spent hours scouring the internet looking for cool art ideas.
One day he came across an artist who created images using painter’s tape. My roommate felt inspired and trying to find a way around the prohibition on painting our walls, he decided to decorate them with painters tape. Over the next week he created a 6-foot tall image of Mao Zedong’s head, a vespa, and the outline of the seminude female from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.
Upon moving to a new house, I decided to create my own tape art and made a 6-foot tall image of Ghandi and of Che Guevara. When I moved again, I spent spring break creating the Salt Lake City skyline.
I loved doing the work, but the images were too temporary. I wanted to create something more permanent. Consequently, I began sticking the tape onto canvases and covering them with something a little more whether resistant, such as epoxy, modge podge, or envirotex.