Michael T. Ford is a musician, writer, actor, and self taught visual artist from Philadelphia, PA. In 2004, he graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts majoring in instrumental music.
After his classical training in music, Ford decided to try sketch comedy. He has performed as a comedian and musician all over the country, as well as Ireland.
Then in 2013, he began working as a Segway tour guide in Philadelphia. As a tour guide, Ford would often take guests to "The Magic Gardens" and these daily excursions to Isaiah Zagar's mosaic maze inspired him to create "CDecoupage". His series recycles old discs (CDs, DVDs, PC programs, and games) into mosaic sculpture and collage.
"My disc collection consisted of a lifetime of memories, knowledge, music, and entertainment. I have so much sentimental value in a technology that was becoming obsolete before my eyes. Then, I started developing the idea of "CDecoupage" and my mind exploded with possibilities", says Ford.
The usage of discs as my medium reflects a myriad of themes. The cutting of the discs symbolize the inner strength to let go of past events and/or losses that may prevent one from moving forward. My reinterpretation of them reflect the embracing of future ambitions.
Our generation’s advances in science and technology have been achieved at an almost exponential rate. It is crucial for future generations to respect this time as humanity moves further into our limitless future. My craft is a bridge from the past to the future. Lastly, the recycling of the obsolete discs promotes global conservation.
2015 National Arts Program Philadelphia Exhibition
First Prize Amateur Division
2016 Published in Studio Visit Magazine Volume 33
2016 Part of "My Philadelphia Story", a permanent art installation at the Philadelphia Airport
Feb 2017 Conception Arts Group Show; Philadelphia, PA.
Online gallery: www.nationalartsprogram.org/users/CDecoupage