Artist Statement 2020: I am an abstract artist, working in painting and digital media, depending on the project. I work non-representationally at the intersection of intimate and shared experiences. The process includes research, such as of history, then responding materially—a practice that frees me to clarify information subjectively. Even when linked to a broader context, I am personally tied to the subject.
Sometimes I recycle items like photos or my grandmother’s wallpaper into the art. Imitating life, I make both intentional, and unplanned gestures, such as pouring, brushing, removing, or blowing. Light, framing or gesture recur throughout my work. I have studied the work of Color Field painters whose circumstances frame through context. Being intentionally anachronistic by building on the lineage of select ab-ex artists while concerning myself with how that period intersected with the world, including my family history, I subsume their style. I differentiate myself by illuminating personal, social, and cultural experiences.
My entire body of work, including subject, process, gesture, ruminating on history, storytelling through abstraction – including researching transitional justice – drive at narrative through allegory and metaphor. Paint and mark demonstrate the physicality of interpretation. The point of the abstraction is to avoid the didactic nature of narration through a re-imagination of experience. Please look close; it is all there.