The most often question I get is who the fuck is Foto Dono?
The short answer is me.... sort of....
The longer answer is he’s my alter ego who makes art like things. He thinks of himself as a storyteller, which means he’s a professional liar. Like most artist he makes this shit up every day. Sure there’s some truth in there somewhere but that’s what good art does. It lies to you with bits of truth.
Foto Dono’s motto is never trust an artist especially with your heart. They will always break it, lose it, or put it on a shelf and forget about it. Yes he makes up stuff, which is very fucking cool. Tons of stuff though gets made all the time. He’s just has some good patter to get through the noise.
This usually leads to the next question - What does your art mean to you? Which is like trying to get a magician to reveal his secrets. Listen the art means whatever the fuck you want it to mean. It just is. You can love it, hate it, or dismiss it. The one thing you can’t do is never unsee it. Just don’t believe everything you see. Remember if Foto Dono ever tells you one thing he’ll always take it back. Look, the answer to what it all “really” means is never as good as what the “viewer” makes up for themselves.
The follow up question is - Why make any of it? Which is really a stupid question. Everyone makes stuff. It’s part of who we are as human beings. We all make stuff because we want people to remember us when we are gone. The better it is the more it and us will be remembered. But really none of that matters. Nothing really last forever.
The real question is - If it’s all art is a lie and none of it truly matters then why do it?
It makes me happy.
Look, you only get one turn on the planet and spending it on something that make you sad is stupid. Being Foto Dono makes me happy. Making art makes me happy. Seeing others enjoy it makes me happy. I’ve got maybe 30 or 40 years left and I can’t take anything with me when I go. I just want to be happy when I do.