I use beauty and nature as subject matter without wanting to make “beautiful nature artwork.” In particular, flowers are especially appealling. They encapsulate both of those themes, and in an almost cliche way are practically a default for subject matter—in other words, my MacGuffin. They show up throughout art history—high and low, in decorative and fine arts.
While dealing with the formal aspects of the picture’s surface I also explore its symbols and metaphors—both personal and more universal. Nature and beauty and their loss—the increasing disassociation and alienation—are general concerns. I am interested in systems, networks, connections and infrastructures—their strengths and vulnerabilities. I focus on the place where things hold up but threaten to fall apart, collapse or disintegrate—order confronting disorder. I approach this either by subtracting and dividing or by adding and multiplying—losing and reducing or overloading and overwhelming. I deconstruct the image and reconstruct it in some fashion. This reanimation always results in an approximation of the source or the reality in a way I find interesting. Without resolution or answers, I want to present the zone where the familiar is a little less so and where opposites can exist simultaneously.
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