As a child I loved the theater
It was a place where the strange world of the imagination would infiltrate
the ordinary, making the strange more normal and the normal more strange.
I know it seems odd, but one of the most magical moments for me would be
the 15 minutes or so before the play even began. Oblivious to the commotion
of people looking for their seats, I’d stare at the glowing scenery
with wonder and anticipation...entranced by the unsynchronized yet eerily
beautiful sound of the orchestra practicing and tuning their instruments.
This mixture of reality, abstraction, and the unexpected is the very
essence of what informs my paintings and allows access to a place in the mind
that wouldn’t typically be thought of as a real place at all.
I see my paintings as mental conversations, first ushering curiosity, then
participation from the viewer. Spaces are constructed to inform these
conversations, creating fragments of hidden narrative. The manner in which
these fragments are interpreted and woven together varies from person to
person. I use both natural and unnatural space and structure as metaphor for
concepts and situations; cultural and psychological. As well as identity;
the physical, mental, spiritual.
My wish is to explore the complicated nature of our imaginations, which colors all
we see and experience—and to portray the collective tendency to paint our
memories out to be different from the actual event, often keeping our facts in
place, while rearranging all the rest like furniture in a room. How we see
each part of the world, whether it be familiar or not, reflects who we are.
Like the glow of credible light in a realm of abstraction, I hope to build your
curiosity, and urge you to take a second look!