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I recently began making hybrid textile-muslin object-paintings called Drifters, which are loosely based on the structure of sleeping bags. I wanted to create a form that truly functions as a painting, and can still move through the world as an object, adapting to sites and situations as needed. The Drifters don’t have a fixed or determined mode of display – each one can hang on the wall or lie on the floor (or sit on a table or lean in a corner). Any one can be opened flat or folded up, oriented vertically, horizontally, or askew. The Drifters get creased and a little beat up, and the rough patina of use becomes part of the surface. Their soft materials can take on an uncanny corporeality, or flatten into pure fields of color. They change with time and experience.
For the past fifteen years my work has focused on pushing painting into the open-ended existence enjoyed by objects. Whether they are paintings or sculptures, I want the objects I make to be truly autonomous objects; I want them to be open to possibilities beyond my authorial intentions and control; I want them to be generous and democratic in their relationship to the world. My goal is not to achieve a finite moment of visual perfection but rather to create a starting point for continued expansion and exploration. Constructivism offers a model for art that is at once daffily conceptual and rigorously formal. It’s the same combination of clear-eyed criticality and cockeyed optimism that drives my belief in form’s transformational engagement with everyday life.