I see painting as a way to contemplate the nonverbal space between people. The paint makes it tactile. The inevitable incongruity, asymmetry, and fluidity of that space is translated by amalgamations of color, line, and figure forms. When lucky, the painting itself becomes a gesture. In my process, I re-perform experiences that have been shared with me in videos, witnessed in person, or embodied. Much like communication itself, the visual content and actions in paint compress multiple perspectives, time, actions, and memories—creating a visual placeholder for the inbetween.
What is a physical gesture that can potentially be interpreted as playful, and or aggressive, reverent, hasty, sexual, loving....?
Painting, and it’s translation, comes from a compression of many instances in time together.
What is an image of the space between two people? My paintings are space-holders.
These small works on paper are quick—the image that comes from slinging around paint, empathizing, listening, watching, and remembering something seen or experienced is itself, a gesture.
Interpretation is subjective, intent gets blurred, communication fractured. This inevitable truth about human interaction is my greatest anxiety, and so I make lots of work about it (expensive lessons in vulnerability) and show myself that growth and beautiful things exist here. Painting, I love you.