ARTIST STATEMENT 2021 The vast stock of today’s modern art, with its known commercial recidivism and glittering facade is yesterday’s bowl of fruit. I make what it is unseen, elusive and gimmick free.
For a long time we’ve seen every creative work in the known universe so masterfully rendered, re-imagined, conjoined, deconstructed, reapplied, repurposed and regurgitated that it’s long made sense for me to create art only out of nothingness. A blank slate curated with each movement and stroke. Always starting from destination unknown with the goal of the piece being something worthy to dissolve into.
Paintings which are actualized from both process and from within, many that encapsulate the wave of the collective conscious. Being attuned to the psyche of our culture and collective, I can conjure images that precede the zeitgeist. I knew the trajectory in 2015 when oranges, reds and yellows started to pop in and percolate within my familiar blue green color-scapes and usual motifs..an unfortunate time in history whose divisive flames still burn worldwide. Even this brought change to my approach..
The need to create larger more unified pieces was to illustrate the consequence of the moments at hand. Using scenic techniques to capture the scale and scope of the images, the first of the series is ‘World Afire’ simply the actual and impending global disaster at hand. While finishing this one up in 2019, I did a quick sketch of multiple lines and junctures, an interconnected loop, a shifting landscape of scales, distinct channels that would inevitably collide through one another. Matter created, matter destroyed and transformed again.
Months later as these images formed into the shifting seas of aqua space purples, I realized I had been painting the virus before there was one. The global reality was unfolding as the image was in development. Nature doesn’t recognize borders, nationalism or even our self interests. In endless space, the lines and waves resound forever. From electrons to political division, it all equals one and that’s purple I figure. The spirit color. Little pockets of the magic gold scattered throughout like our actual yet imaginary wealth. Another thing nature has no preference toward. The next piece is underway. I had thought it would be white, the inclusion of all color , a visual resolution, but so far it’s the color of flames dissipating across the endless black night, extinguishing themselves in deepest oceans we know. Black black.
To paint a white painting in America at this point would be naive. The overall issues of race and inequality disinclines me to paint anything white, as I look to a day where women and people of color have their chance at steering this crooked world ship free of white mans influence. And maybe, one day, people will appreciate raw painting again, when the emptiness of shiny modernism leaves a thirst for something real.
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