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My paintings and ceramics are a celebration of the body, difference, and materiality. There is a reoccurring relationship in my work between the parts and the whole that often resolves itself in a teetering form of balance. The paintings for example, represent layers of abstracted space, both physical and pictorial. I push, pour, scrape, and carve paint, pastel, and mica onto the surface. The paintings are artifacts of my body’s movements and emphasize the materiality of the paint. The surface is continuously obliterated and reworked up until the moment when the tension between the picture and object resolves itself in a precarious balance.
The layering, stacking, and uncovering found in the paintings is shared in the psychology of the ceramic sculptures. These objects are performative in character and while they are often painted, propped atop a painting, or on the floor in proximity to the paintings, they demand the viewer’s phenomenal scrutiny to be understood. Sometimes the ceramic sculptures take the form of a singular body, while other times they are linear and their physical relationships are built by joining their parts with steel. Finger impressions, texture, and cracks emphasize the physicality and carnal presence of the work. Their ultimate relationship to themselves and to the paintings is intuited but necessary.
In my work and life I posit ideas about pleasure and the role of pleasure in art and life. The experience of my work is sometimes confounding but I strive for it to also be gratifying, providing a physical, psychological, and optical whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.