Opening September 3, 2021 Solo Exhibition of Josh KightMessage
US Coast Guard
2002 to Present
Current Active Duty
Photography saved my life. On January 1, 2020, a member of my team died by suicide. After the burial and ceremonies completed we were thrusted into isolation with COVID where my emotions and traumas lingered into further isolation. Bunny is an innocent child's toy used to tell the story of death by suicide. Isolations on deployments were fueled by trying to keep creating art to hide the doubts of loneliness. I create art to bring my thoughts into reality where I can process them in actual matter as opposed to thoughts and feelings.
I'm coming to a close of my military career with retirement around the corner and currently sitting on medical board because my body is too weak and broken from doing the job. Art was what I was meant to do and has always inspired me but instead I was press ganged into service following the 9-11 attacks. Before the military I worked on Broadway as a stagehand, designed aquariums, welded life-like animal figures, painted, sculpted stone and once I put on the uniform, I was too insecure of myself to show my artist side. It took a gift of a camera and years of just going to the bar on down time for me to stop and go explore the world on deployment through this gift of a lens. The camera enabled me to appreciate the little things from leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica to an historic missionary Cross in east Africa and a flock of pelicans flying home with sunset.
I hope, that if just one service member can see the trails of loneliness from Bunny that they can maybe tell a different story themselves if contemplating suicide.
- Wood, metal, stone and also mixed media sculpture - Carpentry
Solo Exhibition: Galleria Michel, San Diego, CA. 2019
Multi-person Exhibition: RAW Artist Show, San Diego, CA. 2019
Multi-person Exhibition: RAW Artist Show, Seattle, WA. 2019
Exhibition: Dab Art Co " Art in the Time of Corona" Exhibition and Publication, Los Angeles, CA 2021
US Coast Guard 2002 to present.
Maritime Enforcement Specialist First Class/ ME1/ E6
Please contact Judith Estrada Garcia (760) 390 3929 for future exhibition proposals and/or purchasing of art pieces.
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