I am employing the mechanics of abstract painting--its materials, tools, vernacular, and focus on the formal elements of painting--to shift meanings and materials into new forms. By speaking directly to the ambitions and failures of modernism and the history of abstract painting, my intent is to initiate further discussion on the impact modernism has on the state of contemporary painting today.
Currently, I am working on a series where masking tape is referenced as a painterly tool. The series title Hard-edge, refers to a Post-Painterly term describing a non-gestural style of painting of which, masking tape was often utilized to create straight lines and geometric shapes. I use a trompe l'oeil technique to create uncanny representations of masking tape with acrylic paint, thus refiguring the remnants of modernist painting into new meanings.