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STATEMENT OF WORK
My work has always been informed by the banal, commonplace yet magnificent moments and objects from my everyday life. I moved out of NYC completely in the beginning of March and am now living in upstate NY. Quickly, the everyday was no longer the everyday and a new methodology developed. It was the beginning of a new dialogue with a landscape that I already knew. I grew up in NYC and was always fascinated by the wear and tear the city presented me. I found a visual narrative in that particular patina. In Ulster County, I see the history of the forests in the same way, the remarkable way the Vlys have created a new environment or the way fallen branches create a beautiful chaos. I am keenly aware of the everchanging beauty that surrounds me and how every day there are new possibilities.
While working, I build up and take apart the surface, hashing it all out in the moment with no clear path or end point. The consistent thread throughout my work is change and failure becomes just as important as success. The challenge is to see how much information is enough. What is not there is just as important as what is. Disparate elements in incidental relationship and the patina that emerges with time are two things that drive me. Recycling shapes and gestural lines become a shorthand that represent my subjects. Although my paintings and assemblages are primarily abstract, there remain glimpses of the source material. Grass, logs, fabric, and vessels are some of the many players. Through a lyrical, never quite ending open space I tell a story about time, aging, death and renewal.
One thing I’ve learned during this time, whether it’s from covid or the BLM movement, is that there are a lot of unknowns; you don’t know what you don’t know. Reality is manmade and is changing.