I paint because it enables me to put my ideas and thoughts into physical form. When I view the world around me, I am constantly breaking it down through lines, connections, planes, measurements, power, weight, and influence - as if I am editing a rough draft with highlighters and pens. I love deconstructing life and looking at it through slow motion - why did this happen or how did that happen? If I were able to map and graph organic, uncontrollable material, such as animals or humans, then maybe I could make more sense of it all. I cannot control much of life, but when I paint, I can control a slice of it.
All of my work consistently contains an animal or a human figure as the subject matter. I am stripping the subjects of their natural surroundings and placing them into geometric spaces, which are very clean and structured. In some of the work, these spaces and lines are to deconstruct the subject frozen in its position. In other pieces, the spaces give the subject a new context to reveal something about the subject or to consider a new perspective for the subject.
Another element to my work is handwritten text. Whether it is a quote, personal journal entry, or even the subject in the work writing a reflection, I find a way to incorporate it. Handwriting fascinates me, as it is so unique to each individual. The words add a layer of depth to the piece and add context to the symbolism being used in the subject matter. Lastly, it challenges the viewer to think beyond the imagery in the piece.
I have always loved slow motion replays in sports – in real time one can miss things, but in slow motion, everything is seen and the mystery is revealed. If a subject were stopped in motion and deconstructed, what could be revealed about it? I want to map out the big picture as a means to grasp it better – make it seem less overwhelming. As it relates to fear or emotional/mental struggles – if I can freeze it or analyze it void of the emotional weight, might I be able to overcome it?
To date, I have focused much of my time on a single animal or figure and have broken it down within the moment it has been captured. My goal over time is to add complexity to the subjects and give them a stronger context through the line work, planes, and spaces in which I juxtapose them. I am exploring ways to capture a subject in a moment of chaos, movement, or organic being and break it down through a new context of lines and planes, as if I were an architect creating the very moment at hand, to give a sense of order.
Evolving this body of work both excites and motivates me. I look forward to seeing where further exploration can lead in my pursuit of putting thoughts and ideas into physical form.
updated April 2018