General Artist Statement
My work synthesizes the delicate negotiation between the sensory experiences of the body and the cognitive ordering needed to process them. Repeat patterning is a consistent element, acting as both structure and metaphor to create a place where sensuality and order meet.
I start by collecting used, mass-produced fabric items, which I arrange into 3-dimensional structures. Looking to these still lifes, I create carefully considered works in oil or gouache. In doing so I make numerous intuitive and analytic decisions, countering the ever-increasing pace in which these types of items are produced and consumed. As an act of documentation and reverence, each item is painted to scale.
The mass-produced items integral to my work are infused by an exploration of visual thinking. It is my hope that the unseen labor of thought, combined with my labor-intensive process, will produce works with a particular materiality, so that meaning can unfold slowly over time. A fundamental concern is how we, as humans, experience, understand, and impact the world around us. The paintings, balanced between representation and abstraction, recast what may otherwise be overlooked as banal into singular poetic experience.