Focusing on something behind a drape engages a specific thought process. The act of
bringing something into view agitates the mind as it tries to grasp the content of what is
being revealed. I'm interested in making paintings that agitate the viewing mind in the same way, where in addition to being looked at the paint becomes something the viewer tries to look through.
In these recent paintings enigmatic shapes and my process generate the narrative. Lately, by spraying paint through lace, I have started creating the illusion of patterned fabric on the surface of the canvas. Much of the painting’s content is determined by the way the shapes interact with the surface pattern.
Obscured shapes blur the boundaries between abstraction and figuration, positing a kind of internal/external debate within themselves, as well as a larger meditation on form. For instance, a shape may recall a skirt, a torso, or a knee, all the while remaining abstract.
Just as I use fabric to intercede between my hand and the canvas; the viewer is also met with a layer to look beyond, engaged in the act of bringing something into view. I want my paintings to exist at the point where the viewer has just enough clarity to want to see a little bit more.