My work explores the boundaries between contemporary painting and sculpture. I am interested in accessible materials and repurposing how they are used. My investigations lead to sculptural objects, but also, engage with the history of abstraction by creating within the restraints of the stretcher and rectangle.
Exploring the serendipitous phenomena from the processes of painting, I recycle mistinted house paint into sculptural skins. These skins are rolled up, taking on the forms of fungi or flowers and are superimposed on undulating three-dimensional forms derived from natural elements.
I am interested in creating a visual language with paint that challenges the viewer’s association and perception of these materials. The artwork takes an investigational approach to materials, manipulating them to gain a better understanding of their limitations. As a process-driven artist, I view my artistic practice as scientific experimentation.
This form of experimentation and results creates a sustainable and insatiable momentum to my studio practice. I discover unknown elements through layering, both concealing and revealing information. Throughout my work, there is a visual tension of control. This is the battle of opposition, a balance between the precision of painting with intention and the unexpected outcomes of a process-based approach.
The process of ink marbling has provided me with hours of endless experimentation. The use of layering and distortion comments on the complexity of the self and the mind. A dialogue between panting and the unexpected outcomes of marbling give the work a mind of its own, such as the battle of self-opposition being fought within the psyche.
These paintings are an investigation into inner human nature. By studying psychology, my art allows me to express this understanding. My knowledge, beliefs, and experiences with each subject inform how I illustrate the internal self. The persona I reveal cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Through studying how color relates to personality, these portraits are an exploration of identity. While studying psychology, I have been fascinated by personality development along with the psychology of color. Color is used to define the piece, along with revealing the work’s personality and conflicts within. The use of colors on each is a short visual summary of prominent characteristics.