I am drawn to the potency of an arrested moment stripped of original context, and its surprising insight into gesture and ephemeral motifs. My work grapples with narrative, revealing connections between contrary or separate things. Ultimately it debates the nature of truth as something internally embellished or externally confirmed.
My recent drawing and mixed media work is dominated by a kind of portraiture, capturing events real and imagined. Subjects are sourced from old, sometimes damaged, candid family photographs. Singular postures are isolated in mid-action. Because the source imagery is typically flawed or obscured, its reproduction involves generous extrapolation. Who is this person? What do they look like? What is about to happen? What do they want?
Compositions become embellished by what I remember or infer of these people and moments long gone. As an image is broken down and recapitulated, linear marks derived from nature may be threaded throughout. The tension between the graphic marks and the dimensionality of the figures reflect the duality of internal and external truth, as well as the elemental connection between artist and subject. Ultimately the arrested moments float unresolved between abstraction and articulation and beg for meaning to be drawn between the fragments.