Drawing on the language of geometric abstraction, these pieces weave the fragments of my life experiences into a coherent story. The layering technique creates a visual language that elevates flat geometric components into a sculptural sphere that breaks free of the page and draws the viewer into the piece.
By painting, cutting and layering large piles of heavy textured paper I literally and figuratively whittle the chaos into its essence. The soft graphite lines tell the parts of the story that exist only at the periphery.
HOW IT'S MADE
These works are created by adhering hundreds of small hand-painted pieces to a single cardboard backer and then that backer is attached to the cradled wood panel that you see in the photo.
Specifically, I paint larger sheets of heavy, textured canvas paper and then cut those sheets into smaller rectangles (I refer to them as "tiles" even though they are made of paper). Then the tiles are adhered into place with permanent archival clear glue. Only the tops of the tiles are attached to the backer, so it has a layered textural look (think shingles, for lack of a better description). I feel like the texture and the depth of the piece draws the viewer into the painting.
I create these pieces as a way of processing and experiencing the world. I am attempting to see a feeling.
WHAT I HOPE YOU FEEL WHEN VIEWING MY WORKS:
It is my hope that my work washes over you like a poem—that they both inform and delight while creating a sense of rediscovering a memory, a place or a feeling.
The "tiles" of the art are attached firmly to a sturdy cardboard backer and that backer is attached to a cradled wood panel like shown in the photos. Hardware is attached for hanging. The art and its cardboard backer can be removed from this panel to be framed behind glass if you would prefer that look. Please reach out to me if you'd like to see samples of other framing options or to request that I remove the art from the cradled panel :)