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My process begins in the studio. It is the place where I can sift through all of the images and information that I interact with daily.I am interested in the divisions of painting, sculpture, theater, and dance, by embracing and eschewing what the constructs of “painting” are. Dance and theater inform my work in a peripheral way: I am not really interested in theater per se, I am interested in the whole operation around it. I enjoy the collaboration with others and the process of choreography, as much as the finished product.
When I was 10 years old my father worked backstage at our local theater company for the production of Peter Pan. I vividly remember when he showed me the straps and harnesses that made the actor fly across the stage. He fastened me in and let me fly back and forth across the stage. It was at once thrilling and disappointing; learning the mechanics of stage illusions took away the magic of Peter Pan. Though I didn’t believe in magic powers that made him fly, seeing the actor in flight was enough. From then on, I was concerned with the “how” and “why” of theater and less interested in the romance of the play.