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My art represents my desire to make sense of people, conversations and emotions through symbolizing bonds between people. I am hesitant to speak on this subject matter in my everyday life out of fear that what I say will sound trite. The world of my paintings is a diagrammatic, quilt-like world. This world admits to being trite and so I feel free to explore the subject matter within it.
I love having different colors, thicknesses, textures and detail densities next to each other in a picture plane. Often these different elements pass and weave through each other, creating surprises and shifts in space. I keep parts of paintings thin so the light from the white gesso underneath shines through. I like to contrast these transparent elements with stretches of detailed pattern and fields of solid color and gradients.
Through the diagram-world, the elements within it connect in the most literal ways I can think of. Wavering trails connect the people to each other to symbolize bonds. To represent conversation, trails physically flow out mouths and into ears. I repeatedly render certain images until they form expanses of pattern in obsessive attempts to emphasize their importance. Each work has its own set of pictographic tools, attempting to clarify. Often they complicate. My precise messages get muddled but my urgent, desire for directness drives me to paint on.
Each work is its own system. Each a visual slogan highlighting connection. Just as there is a “forcedness” to slogans, I feel this forcedness as I work. I want to explain. I want my people to smile. I want symmetry, order and equality. I want music and celebration. Some of the works depict hardship, but the people always have each other for support. I forcedly look on the bright side.