Credit: Michael Conti
Billy Billiken: Ice Road Scholar
Billy Billiken is a character of performance art created by an Alaskan Native man. Billy is the kind of being that has an all-knowing approach necessary in supplying answers solely based on life experience. Much of his character comes from flack his grandparents gave him and watching the weather traveling the ice roads of Alaska and beyond. Billy Billiken has been educated in the "been there, done that" philosophy. His answers are genuinely offsetting, sometimes with a chuckle of dark humor or a simple "straight out no truth lie."
The direction of my artwork is the combination of present day events and past-time beliefs of social structure. This awareness of what is happening in our current society and how we acknowledge its future is what interests me the most. Always using nature and the cultures I am raised with, my artistic vision enables me to create a reality for the viewers to participate in, allowing a sense of immediacy and presence to the subject matter. It is my rendition of what contemporary art consists of, and its uses to inform the viewer of my sense of being, and the influences surrounding all of us today.