“My work is a form of self-hypnosis. Its a way of turning off cognitive thought and simply reacting. Its very meditative. It is escapism, though in a certain sense, its a form of hyper-existence- of living purely in the moment. In this way the work becomes a method of overcoming fears. That said, a large part of what I do involves a familiarization with death. My belief is that, as painful as it can be, looking directly at death helps you to live your life with intent and purpose. In this light, the work I do delves into a place where the lines between life, death, fantasy and reality are blurred.
I do not plan my designs. At all. I don’t think I would have the patience to finish anything if I did. Im convinced that youll get better results from sticking to a simple approach that incorporates randomization, improvisation, intuition, etc. than thorough planning. Its like Faulkner or early blues music. As an added bonus, if you do something a thousand times it will inevitably change and improve. Theres a certain regeneration to it. Consistency, rhythm, repetition have been very strong themes in my life. I work the way I do because its a format wherein just a few elements can be used to generate an infinite number of results. There are only a few things I could do a million times and not get bored and I put a high premium on them.”
Jason Borders is a working artist currently living in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2009.