By Way of a Statement
“Artists are people who are subject to irrational convictions of the sacred.”
My work often materializes at the intersection of image and language - it explores the clashes and sympathies that occur when the visual and the literal are juxtaposed.
The true narrative of a piece is often conceived in spite of how a text reads. Often texts are obscured, ill-translated into Latin or Chichinn.
Reading isn't the same as understanding.
Mark-making, with all its plastic & kinetic possibilities, remains crucial. The materiality of my images is paramount: textures and nuances of tone are thematically important. I rely on drawing (and printing) that is direct, tactile and kinetic: I love the inexactness, the surprise, the drips that happen in the studio. Fragility, process, mess & time are made manifest.
An ongoing series, "Free4All", takes the form of broadsides and frontispieces that serve as advertisements for events that we all commonly enjoy for free. These works are as much warnings of life passing us by as they are unbridled celebrations of life’s very temporality. The ideas they reference are blatant, and yet not – the time frame referenced is fluid – they are new: they are also old.
Another current body of work, "Some Old Things", improvises upon themes laid out in President Obama’s Inaugural address “…hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism...these things are old.”
Overall, my aim is to create conceptually rich, non-linear poetic constructions that lovingly embrace narratives both absurd and sacred -- and to show that there is, or might be, sublimity in them both.