My work is guided by a religious instinct both in its production and its
content. The act of painting is a type of individual meditation, the
result is a visual record of the processing of the perceived elements of
my particular lived universe. I say “perceived elements” because much of
what I “see” is a product of my language and cultural background, which
provide important points of entry for “experiencing” something, in the
sense of structuring and naming it.
While this structuring occurs primarily outside of consciousness, my art
is a place to reflect upon these organizational attempts, proceeding
from the belief that perception is an ongoing process. In trying to
return to places we have already thought, in the sense of finding sense
and meaning, a culture produces and reproduces a variety of symbols. A
recurring symbol within my work is “Woman”.
“Woman” has a religious sense within my work because the cultural
associations around Woman make this symbol a critical point for
reflecting on ourselves and our place in the universe, whatever our
biology may be. My paintings offer a place for the viewer to enter into
their own meditation on the structuring of experience.
Setting Woman in a seemingly familiar environment, the use of line
adding to the sense of clear definitions, the viewer is invited to cross
these lines for a deeper view; to shift between the big picture and the
abstract elements. Attaining this deeper view demands holding a number
of competing perceptions together. The resulting visual dynamic is meant
to support a similar mental processing of the symbol Woman and a deeper
reflection on our individual position within and to social order.