Artist Statement, 2011
My current work is an effort to bridge the representational to the abstract. It is motivated by the desire to see the characteristics of these two commanding genres in my work. Either in balance or discord, I am attempting to orchestrate a break down of traditional formal design elements as well as use the strengths of each style as a foundation for my work. My search for new pictorial solutions includes flat color passages which interrupt the paintings’ surfaces. During these investigations, questions are raised concerning the depth of the picture plane and the presence of abstraction.
In an age where images are created on a computer, there is a level of craft that becomes paramount when presenting my work as a painting. By manipulating pure paint, I create images that materialize and dissolve simultaneously in a way that references cinema and nostalgia. While destroying the painterly pictorial surface, a new photographic image is created. This, for me, is a metaphor for the destruction of traditional painting in favor of something new. I am referring to the rise of contemporary art which is often built on the metamorphosis of ideas from previous art movements. The relationships I am creating between abstraction and representation bring together art history’s past while at the same time originating a tributary into the contemporary.