Observing the layers of peeling paint, crumbling plaster, and centuries of weathering felt like looking back in time, compressing the past with the present. The walls in Florence, Italy made time seem tangible, fragile and monumental simultaneously. This perception of time and its effects on our bodies and surroundings keeps me constantly searching for ways to make sense of my life experience through art making.
I am drawn to our human capacity to come to terms with, or try to understand ourselves and our relationships, how we live in this world, struggle with limitations and test new possibilities. I realize the challenges I face in my artistic process mimic my inner voice, knowing when to be decisive, when to stop, when to stay with something and when to let go. My interest in psychology, how we process fears, anxieties, memories and dreams motivates me to create.
In my recent work I am conscious of my effort to look towards the currents and layers of complex inner landscapes. I explore these landscapes using texture and color as metaphor for what is tangible and intangible. To me, painting is both additive and subtractive, allowing for the discovery of gestures, colors and textures. Through a series of processes involving painting, scraping, collaging, and sanding, sometimes to the point of puncturing the surface, the process reveals a history of marks which I recognize as as familiar figures or precarious, fragmented environments. The combination of these fragmented environments with the play of contradictory elements forms my search for understanding life and exploring the unknown.