WORKS ON PAPER

“ Ideas generate from swirling walnut ink washes on heavy sheets of paper, using large thick brushes to make strokes of intensity and force, power inherent in application and then removal, what that feels like; the positive and negative, reflecting the growing polarity of idealism in our world.”  (read full statement below thumbnails)





Inspired by current world events, the legacy of art history and personal life challenges, I’ve used a variety of different mediums to explore the many layers that permeate my life. In my newest works, my approach has often be that of a astronomer, creating a pictorial center who’s gravitational pull keep all elements and truths fluctuating in orbit, or conversely, release them to chaos.  I am a symbolic painter who addresses pictorialism by expanding the restrictive convention of painting, through printing, collaging, scraping, cutting away the very layers that represent the beliefs we cast forward. For me this process expresses the erosion of time and the breakdown of idealism. The import is that the natural world and its discovery have been transformed by revolution. My recent works approach matters more abstractly – positive and negative, balance and imbalance, unity and dispersal. Simultaneously, my paintings are imbued with the familiar: family stories, homecomings, maternalism, a reinterpretation of my past, through new color, form and perspective.

The paintings “ Manipulating Theories” and “Afterparty” show impermanent, disintegrating facades, a chaotic, interior and exterior landscape, vortices turning, imploding, shards of former work brought forward to punctuate the linearity of time.  A loss of home and community are motifs that continually in my work. These shards are remnants of a broken safety net, which channel memories to an alternate level of awareness. Ideas generate from swirling walnut ink washes on heavy sheets of paper, using large thick brushes to make strokes of intensity and force, power inherent in application and then removal, what that feels like; the positive and negative, reflecting the growing polarity of idealism in our world. First, with pieces of old oil linoleum blocks I print the distant memories of my landscape in a musical format, continuing to work over them with large Sepia washes. The motion generates a narrative into which I carve out, with water and small brushes, new legend of thoughts and reflections. This personal visual language depicts my painted universe, a tableau of revolving ideas and writings often embedded in the work itself.  All are profoundly connected to my personal struggle of finding balance in a growing polarized world. The stencils, cutouts and collage techniques allow me to collect and let go, reimagine and take chances, expires a new vision, still with hindsight, a new collaboration, a new idea. To this, I engage the full range of experience, from direct observation of natural phenomena to the most intricate process of self-reflection.  My works are complex meditations on the interaction between imagination and perception, by which I seek mastery of my dear world and myself.

 


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