BIO

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work centers on the correlation of our perception and our past and present experiences. I make a conscious effort to explore the ways that changing ones point of view, can alter the way we perceive space. Through my work I want to understand and consider how source material can be regarded in various ways by adjusting ones perspective. I employ formal elements to create ambiguity within the space with the intention that this will motivate the viewer to recognize ways that their perspective can alter their perception.

I use familiar objects to construct a dynamic arrangement that will allow both the objects and spaces in which they exist to have presence. I view the subjects from an unusual viewpoint so that they may transcend their everyday function. My preliminary drawings become my primary reference as I paint; it is during the drawing process that I establish the direction of the painting. This method allows the subject to experience two periods of interpretation, inevitably permitting the subject to go beyond its exact nature. I take liberties with the form, abandoning accuracy in order to ensure that the composition functions as a whole. As I paint, I often imagine the subjects to have a quality of liveliness that elevates them to a level beyond their mere utility.

The space between the physical objects is a key element in my paintings and the way that I compose them. We often assume that this space is empty and without value, but the emptiness between objects can embody meaning. How often does the absence of something create something new? This could be the absence of a shape in space, the absence of paint or color, the lack of light, or the absence of a person from our life. My work demonstrates multiple ways of perceiving pictorial space and allowing that to be a metaphor for our experience of the world beyond that specific work. As a formal element, space has enormous potential to express psychological and narrative ideas. Through my work I intend to express the way I perceive space and encourage the viewer to consider ways that they can adjust their perspective, both visually and cognitively.