STATEMENT

The central theme of my work is nature, the cycle of life and how we relate to it. Pivotal to our lives in a materialistic society are all the objects and paper ephemera we accumulate- all the stuff that builds up in our homes and in particular the items we treasure and then leave to our offspring when we die. I am fascinated by antique stores, where someone’s entire life ends up in a bin- old, crinkled photographs, postcards with messages scrawled on them, or other vintage ephemera. Like us, fauna and flora occupy the Earth only for a short time, yet they leave nothing behind. My work asks the question– what if we were all gone, but all our possessions remained?

In my practice, a hybrid form of painting, drawing and collage functions as a metaphor for the continual cycle of decay and regeneration on Earth. In each painting, I carefully build a story as layers of paint, drawings, printed vintage ephemera, Victorian weaving patterns, barnacles, lichens, webs and other natural elements develop into an eclectic composition. Fauna and flora are protagonists interacting with what humans leave behind in the environment– ranging from a Louis XV chair to a muscle car or vintage radio. Birds take over for the people who are gone. The paper scraps and fragments of what we leave behind point to the transience of our era. People often say my paintings remind them of their childhood. I like it when I hear this- to me it means old and new come together in my work, celebrating nature, memory and the cycle of life.

Visually, my work hovers halfway between representation and abstraction. Even though I use traditional painting and drawing techniques and collage photographs and sketches into paintings, the overall compositions resemble Japanese prints, with the abstraction inherent in their reverence for the flat picture plane. My influences also include Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, John James Audubon, Maria Sybilla Merian and contemporary abstractionists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Brice Marden and Cy Twombly. As a result of these diverse influences, my work is surreal and playful. It is often categorized as part of a new vein of Contemporary Surrealism.

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