The fluid space of memory, influenced by time, place and experience forms the foundation of content for my paintings and works on paper. As personal meaning and influences evolve, the residue of the past lingers and with that are attempts to reconcile new information and knowledge with what is known, or imagined, of the past. By merging aspects of lived experience, observations of daily life and imagined scenarios, I make non-objective work that reflects broad experiences of life and memory.
My works have an emphasis on multi-layered systems, color (chromatic and gray scale) and process. In my paintings, overlapping forms and fractured spaces alternately support and negate each other, mirroring untold changes that occur in everyday life. Shifts in formal relationships, space and perception, some subtle and others jarring, contribute to the psychological content in my work. I make my paintings and works on paper with a combination of open and opaque layers that incorporate various modes of mark making that include: direct painting, drawing, image transfers and stenciling. Taken together, my process forges a sense of interdependence, history and chance happenings, which, in turn allows room for multiple meanings in my work.
”Presence” is comprised of new and recent paintings that consist of repeated, hard-edged linear gestures used to form multiple skeins of colors, each acting as a stage for successive layers, leading to an autonomous image that is the result of repeated accretion and deletion of marks. This autonomy is played out in the resulting architectonic forms having a commanding, object-like presence in the paintings, while not conforming to a specific nameable object or place. My new paintings share common interests with the looser gestural mark making of previous works, only now the images are largely confined to the interior boundaries of the painting surfaces, whereas earlier works featured curvilinear gestures of color that appeared to escape from the edges of their surfaces.
The paintings in “Presence” examine common themes that influence us on a daily basis. Physical and sensory relationships and experiences with our immediate surroundings, other people, and within our selves inform and provide starting points for the processes and imagery of this work. Outside influences such as graphic design, pattern systems, and music contribute to my on-going studio practice, as well. Once a direction takes hold, I build up my works in layers by painting, scraping, sanding, and repainting, along with utilizing varying degrees of color intensity, transparency, and opaqueness with paints and mediums to make and modify images.
Drawing-based painting gestures, repetition of marks and color all play a significant role in my paintings. They are tools that guide me in creating works that offer an opening into a unique world of visual perception. At the same time, by using painting as a means to question my experiences in the world, by extension, offer the viewer a means of exploring their own relationship(s) with and perceptions of the world around them.