ARTIST STATEMENT

 

In my recent work I am exploring new methods, new materials, and new aims. Many of these pieces have been made using salvaged or repurposed materials as well as older artwork of my own. The materials have been altered by draping, cutting, and painting and have often been stapled directly to the studio wall. 

 

These pieces make use of human-centric objects such as clothing, bedspreads and sheets, window curtains and blinds, tablecloths and bed frames. All of these evoke the missing human body. 

 

These works are sometimes about absence and loss, and deal, obliquely, with the death of my father in 2015. Others are more of a play on the art historical split between “high” art and popular culture, including fashion. Still others are more focused on the idea of painting vs. sculpture, and with upending expectations of what a painting is and how it functions.

 

All of these works explore new ways to use the traditional materials of painting - woven fibers and paint, to speak of issues ranging from race relations and homelessness, to our notions of time, death, dreams and aspirations, and our responsibilities to one another in this life.