2005, 32" x 32", mixed media on canvas
This series occupies itself with Humankind's abandonment of the past. I depict vacant dwellings inhabited by skulking animals and the on-looking ghosts of former occupants. The backgrounds supporting these images are layered, ethereal abstracts which exist outside of time and reality. The patterns represent shreds of organic material unraveling and drifting apart&emdash;the fragmentation of past worlds.
I use a variety of media together, layers of acrylic paint, exotic paper, collage, and beeswax; building up one layer and then taking it down to expose that beneath. This process of adding and subtracting provides a depth of field that hints of micro-biological secrets. When preparing a background, my process itself is organic and non-objective, with figurative elements suggesting themselves along the way. It is through my trust in the process that the finished pieces unconditionally emerge.
Each piece may be seen as its own story, or history, one of which we cannot know the end. To many, they are a brief glimpse into a stranger’s dream; or even a tangled memory of their own. Either way, they portray a sense of yearning to keep hold of the familiar past while longing for a new, unexplored future.