“I like the word believe.  In general, when one says ‘I know,’ one doesn’t know, one believes.”  -- Marcel Duchamp

Starting from points of personal experience, my work searches out relationships of time, history and psychological structures focusing on themes of displacement and transition.  I play between fact and fiction as they become blurred in the space of history and memory as mythology takes over.  Painting reveals these unexpected places as a tangible illusion.

My current investigation is about the relationship of empire vs. nature as structures fall apart and expectations reveal new spaces.  Using the subject matter of tragic events and the remnants and monuments of old American and European empires made from ephemeral substances, I use humor to probe these historical and psychological supports to create an open space for questions and evocation.  My process requires montaged printed images and postcards from my travels and through cutting out images, the absence reveals new terrain of possibility or a new past.

Painting lends itself to these concepts by recording an archaeological, tactile way of working that becomes about displacing feeling and thought over time, leaving traces.  They become transitional monuments in themselves, showing failures and mistakes.  By mainly limiting my palette to three colors, including black and white, I use constriction to open new paths.

-June 2019




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