I use painting and drawing media as a vehicle to explore ideas about perception. My works are reflections on embodiment and the complexity and wonder of time, space, memory and narrative of self. I am concerned with human experience and how we exist through our senses. I am interested in what connects us and what divides us. I search for references, harvesting the past by using photographs and print ephemera. I pass these through multiple modes of mediation by making iterations of paintings and photographs before a piece arrives at its final state. I build the surface with staining, spraying and brushing paint, and sometimes bleaching. The images are transmuted to produce marks that suggest dissolution and change. Some of the images seem to be fading away like a forgotten experience.
We make particular judgments based on the trappings of gender, age, social context, and our own experiences. We naturally look for individual distinction and we value biographical information. We spend our lives building a picture in our minds about who we are. I question this by presenting ambiguous figures that detach from their original identifiers. These representations communicate the nature of longing with their mystery, marks of struggle and nebulous qualities. The works exist through familiar mechanisms and tropes of portraiture yet purposefully contradict some key aspects of the tradition. Instead of marking time, they conjure the essence of time.
"Mist", 24"x 18"
acrylic on canvas (airbrushed)
"Reminiscence Bump", 24" x 16"
Mixed Media (bleached canvas with acrylic airbrushed over top) The term Reminiscence Bump refers to the ability of an older adult to have a potent memory of the period of time between their teenage years to young adulthood more so than any other timeframe.