I begin a piece with a loose, gestural, free association; my hand reacting to my reflection, the space around me, and the plasticity of the paint. I think of the first few marks as a turbid soup of elementary matter that will eventually create form through discovery. I continually search for concrete relationships inside the form, as well as gravity, space, and mass. I am now aware of where my hand is on the canvas, though sometimes I paint without looking. I strive to evoke what is underneath the skin, and how it affects the surface. The drama of this interaction creates tension through mark-making on the canvas. While posing, I move over time, resulting in distortions in the paintings. At the same time the figure/ground relationship is in constant flux. The result is a convulsive and turbulent art–paintings that are the manifestations of my anxieties. The figures in the paintings inhabit a time and space that runs parallel to my own.
Friday, December 8, 2023