No matter how close our friends and family might be; we are solitary beings.
That might sound depressing, but after all, no one else shares your brain. It is that
terrifying and exhilarating certainty that interests me. Acknowledging our solitude,
how do we navigate the world?
To explore this dilemma, i seek out immersive, familiar, and specific yet ephemeral
moments in shared spaces. Often it is not the people who are principal in my works,
but rather the space between them and how that space (or lack thereof) behaves. In
an era of evermore options to construct social walls – iPods and their headphones,
Skype and Facebook with their illusions of closeness, to name a few – i feel coming
that face to face with a physical object made with my own two hands provides insight
to these adrift connections.
I am also committed to the power of two dimensional images, particularly given their
inherently reductive and seemly static nature. I engage gestural and observational
representation not only to suggest what something is, but also employ differing levels
of delineation to express how elements cooperate or oppose one and other in a
composition. Permeating my visual process are the works of Rembrandt, 17th century
Dutch & Flemish genre painting, Lautrec, Degas, and the Ashcan school (in particular
Bellows, Eakins, and Hopper). These artists observed the world for what it was,
frequently focusing on the quality of light even when painting dark subject matter.
In doing this, they often illuminated beguiling possibilities beyond alienation.
I seek to reveal the vastly under-appreciated impact of our responses to brief
commonplace moments. I try to find the sublime in the everyday, and reveal the
influential nature of the momentary as we interact with the world. In the end,
we are secluded beings, but are only as alone as we want and work to be.