Throughout history, water and color have evoked images of the human subconscious. Water is the source of all life. Colors “are forces,” in the words of Johannes Itten— “radiant energies that affect us positively or negatively.” As these two components permeate the psychological and physiological experiences of living, they lay the foundation for my entire body of work.
My paintings begin in my sanctuaries: the forest, the sea, rivers, and greenhouses in the dead of winter. They are meant to offer a place of refuge, like a cathedral window looking into a transcendental moment. Scenes are created by embedding pigment between planes of cured polymer resin on lucite or glass. This modern varnishing method refracts light like water and adds a sculptural dimension to the work. Any one painting is composed of four to thirty layers, breaking the bounds of the traditional canvas.
Submerged, my largest body of work, explores figures in water— some suspended and solitary, some without a face, some partially emerging. Colors are saturated and paint strokes are bold. In this series, the archetypal cis-feminine body returns to source, enjoying a reprieve from its contentious role as a sex object or political tool. The cis-masculine body is softened, dissolved, and made permeable above and below the waterline. My later collections, Bodies of Light and Greenhouse, are images of natural and man-made ecosystems, painted in fluorescents, cobalt blue, and viridian green. These paintings are physically lifted from the wall with custom welded hangers— a technique which allows the paintings to shift dramatically with environmental light conditions. Similar to Submerged, these series offer a space to explore new perspectives— moments of joy and hope that are free from stagnant interpretations. The durability and protective luminous surface of each painting allow the viewer to come near— inviting them to explore the depth of the image and the process through which it was constructed.
Attending to the fundamental qualities of water (resin) and color (pigment), I create art that is deeply personal and poignantly universal - psychological and physiological experiences of living that are reparative, serene, and immersive. We are fluid selves, clusters of contradictions in a culture that prioritizes productivity over presence. We frequently find ourselves in need of recentering. That is what my art offers.