My work aims to explore a means to express an experience; a sensation from a moment or memory. Life is unstable. The mind is unstable. They are in a constant state of change. Fact and fabrication. Fabrication and fact.
Drawing is essential because it is at this stage where imagery used is transformed by filtering only the information that is deemed relevant. Where an icon or mannerism may be perceived in one way, the artwork could mould its meaning into another form. This process is also changing continuously. Developing and dissolving.
When in the studio the work is in a state of uncontrollable spontaneity. Paint and other medium is brushed on, rubbed off, scraped and dragged across the surface. What is left is an unusual relationship between this moment’s truth and its preceding and succeeding implications.
Interpretation is continually shifting. My goal is to record this constant flux in the present. This moment’s perception will be altered by time. Elaborating and eroding.
I draw at that table sometimes when I’m not overwhelmed, but I tend to draw out and about since I don’t work large, I have a compact set-up. Anyhow, it’s a small space in a large room beside a window overlooking the quiet neighborhood street where I live.
The paint kit is over 10 years old, and I paid something like $3 for that Sumi-e brush and have been using it for almost as long. I also have a Series 7 brush in there that has served me well for a few years.
Earlier this year I moved into a new apartment with a sun room in the front that I’ve adopted as my own studio. It’s amazing—about 8’ x 8’ square with windows on 3 sides, and french doors behind that open to my living room. I used to work in the corner of a small living room with all my supplies crammed in a storage closet, so having space feels ridiculously luxurious, even if the room bakes in the summer and freezes in the winter