My work begins by grappling with the lighthearted and awkward curiosity of a child’s gaze without ignoring the shadows lingering within childhood itself. Throughout the work I intertwine references to my personal and ancestral history hinting at a larger narrative. This narrative is dependent on our perception's connection to a delicate thread of cause and effect which forms our history and colors our present.
This creates work that functions as an abstraction either on the brink of becoming something recognizable or as a fragile representation. The depictions of solidly rendered objects and flat shapes evoke a static memory of photographs taken of events now forgotten. With a play between depth and flatness the space I create acts as a convergence of place, both interior and exterior: still life, landscape and figurative. The saccharin romanticism of time and place is counterbalanced with a self-indulgent curiosity that my paintings utilize in clumsy compositions and awkward colors. It is an attempt to make the unworkable work. Like a nervous laugh in a tense situation these elements create a humorous childish gesture alongside the elegant and moody.
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