Tyler Humphries’ (American, b. 1994) belief is that art can help us to better understand our place in the world. It is human nature for us to want to understand how we fit. Psychologists help people make meaning of the world by studying human behavior and our interactions in the environments where we live, learn and work while philosophers study theories on topics such as the nature of existence and thought. Artists can apply those same ideas into a more digestible form to make our world and our place in it easier to understand.
While Humphries’ work primarily falls under the category of graphic design, he considers himself to be a jack of all trades. His work can also take the form of sculpture, painting, robotics, and whatever else he feels compelled to explore at the time.
Hand Triptych; Fallen Tree Triptych, 2021-2022
As of late, the idea of memory has been prevalent in my mind, as memory loss is something that unfortunately runs in my family. I worry that one day this issue will take hold of me and my memories, too, will fade. This is reflected in my work, as I have created a series of prints utilizing a material that degrades with each use. Each subsequent image is representative of a moment in time in which memory is fading.
In a similar vein, I am also worried that after I pass, the world’s memories of me will fade and I will be erased from history. After a period of reflection, I believe that this fear stems from my experiences in the Coast Guard and my encounters with death. Throughout the creation of these prints, I’ve come to a new understanding of the phrase “If a tree fell in the forest and no one was around to hear it, did it make a sound?”