Large Format - “Abstract”
I love paintings that give me somewhere to go, something to do—paintings that capture my attention and challenge me to make my own discoveries. I love paintings that possess a compelling charisma and make it hard for me to walk away.
I paint large modular work on panels. I often switch the panels around as I paint, changing the order and orientation to encourage new and surprising configurations. I feel my work on a particular piece is complete when I feel engaged with it—no longer as the painter but as a viewer. Each painting finds its own way, meandering toward completion; the images change and build upon themselves in the process, so their final form is the coda to an evolving dialog.
In a way, I am painting puzzles that have no need to be “solved”—
an array of images that resist straightforward interpretation but nevertheless draw the viewer in. Although it isn’t my goal to create images that speak a precise language, I believe that my paintings offer a proliferation of clues, references, connections, and ambiguities. I want to give the viewer a toehold in chaos.