My artworks begin as single sheets of paper that are layered with paint and treated with medium for varied pliability.
Scale: < 24 in. x 19 in. x 10.5 in.
Materials/Tools: Paper. Scissors. Hands. Paint. Clamp. Roller. Brushes. Knee. Blade. Fingers.
(Adhesion: glue, staples, thread, tape)
Actions: Folding. Painting. (Ripping/tearing.) Bending. (Thinking.) Cutting. Binding.
(Adapted by pressure, weight, mood. Depth of bend, color, shape.)
These materials, tools, and actions constitute my vocabulary/ language of drawing/ painting. I use paper because it is a traditional material that allows me to investigate the nuances of form, color, and surface.
Though I situate this body of work in the arena of drawing and painting, my interest involves the function of a work's dimensional interplay as an object, as a drawing, and as a painting. I practice restraint with the fragile tactility of paper and the vast temperament of paint. My pieces are intimate and small scale. I work within these limits to create significance from the insignificant and to expand perceptual thought and emotion through subtlety.
I mix paint until the color becomes unknown to me; until it achieves its own emotional tonality and weight; until I see the color and finish that is specific to its concept and form. It is non-referential but formally intuitive. The color/hue/tone transforms elemental matter into abstracted relics for contemplation.
With the utmost intention, I move color in softly, invert dents, and alter edges. Determined curves, strategic color, and encrypted folds combine to create sensorial dimension. Each piece is an accumulation of imprinted actions over time.
I refine the shaggy circumferences of smudges, cut precisely, crease and tuck. Through these actions structure takes shape. Shaping leads to form. The object is then in and of itself a unique complexity.
[Physically complete. || Experientially open.]
Artist Bio / CV
b. 1973, USA
The California College of Arts and Crafts, Master of Fine Arts, 2001
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1997
The Visions from the New California award recipient, The California Alliance of Artist Residencies, 2010
Djerassi Artist resident, Woodside, CA, Spring, 2010
The Tate Modern, Sited in Abstraction conference, Lecture by Mark Bartlett, London, UK, Spring, 2010
Meridian Gallery, “Form +” Exhibition, Curator: Lawrence Rinder, San Francisco, CA, 2008
The Drawing Center, “Non-Declarative Drawing” Exhibition and artist talk; Drawing Papers #71. Curator: Luis Camnitzer; New York, NY, 2007