Painting is a kind of mirror. It is a language that is forged out of confronting risk and the inevitable process of building and destroying. I am interested in liminal spaces within landscapes, and how both painting and the photographic image are used to affect perception. I use drawing in my paintings as a way to create lines, edges, and layering through erasure and recovery, reflecting thought process continuing over time, a palimpsest.
The series Disaster is a group of paintings where I use photographs of disaster events or their aftermath as a reference for compositional structure, then overlay that foundation with personal imagery that explores abstracted landscape spaces. Each of the disaster images, sourced from open media, provides access to moments that have not been widely seen before our era of ubiquitous photography. The pictures contain subjects that are beautiful and traumatic, essential and horrific. The disaster imagery provides a painted framework that is both revised and obliterated with my continued painting, and eventually transformed with new meaning, often with remnants of the original image remaining. This process refers more broadly to the way trauma forces disruption, which can lead to an evolution of renewal and replacement that is built upon it.
I have extensively photographed the Virginia forest and rural landscape around my home in both digital and Polaroid formats. I have been working on several ongoing series of digital photographs exploring perception. The digital photographs present moments obscured by blur, fog, or reflections, capturing discreet time frames and stopping motion. The images compress and abstract close and distant perspectives, collapsing spaces while shifting attention to the camera’s process, which can capture an image that may be different than what is seen by the human eye. Those images, along with found images, are frequently used in the paintings as collage or collage-like elements that work both as an image disruptor and completer.
I have an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. I have worked at a contemporary art museum, and have owned a business designing and producing wheel-thrown pottery. My work includes Polaroid and digital photography, printmaking, ceramics, and painting.