Filicide is the body of work and personal website for Tampa based graphic designer, artist, and web developer Alexander Henken. Although my interests are rooted primarily in new media, traditional influence is not absent from my artwork. My work converges illustration, photography, typography, and design into mixed media art. This website's focus is my personal artwork. A portfolio of my web and graphic design work can be found at alexhenken.com.
I am intrigued by kitsch culture and the human disposition to consume. Ephemeral things, however impermanent or meaningless they can be for some, play an instrumental role in shaping anyone's life including my own. I use old media as a means of commentary on today's media where fear and consumption are pedaled more than ever before. Media constantly reminds us of our vulnerabilities as human beings and offers no shortage of ways to "fix" them -- if only temporarily. I wish to provoke the embrace of our imperfections rather than self-distraction by way of meaningless structure and mindless consumption.
Varicose: Lotions for Troubled Skins is an examination of American ephemera both past and present. It serves as a subconscious observation of the degeneration of news and entertainment media and how it coincides with the human condition at its most primitive.
An unsightly visage renders the majority comfortably sedated in high definition and surround sound. In a climate marked by mindless structure and willful complacency, what will you decide to change?
The work below is a compilation of print design work created between 2008 and 2014. Plenty more to be added soon.