As a painter, I'm interested in the reciprocal relationship between vision and memory. As I see it, experience becomes memory, and memory turns back to inform experience. This transformative exchange defines intimate and critical truths about how we see the world.
My paintings explore the idea that vision is broken; and that that essential rupture between the seen and the remembered is what makes vision complete.
My current painting process begins with a collage. Working over a period of months, I try to capture the subject as it grows, decays, gets torn down and built anew. I keep an eye out for surprising color and light environments that reveal the perplexing discontinuity of decay and stasis.
Next, I spend a few months working with the images on photoshop, editing out some images and working to shift the color and light in others. When I'm satisfied with this work, I print and begin to collage.
In the collage process, I seek to complicate and distort the image in surprising ways. The collage becomes a metaphor for the intricacies of vision and memory as well as a point of departure. The collages allow me to fragment and reconstitute the image. The collage, an accumulation of broken, piled, and torn images, becomes a symbol for the imperfect joinery of memory.
Finally, when I've found the collage or collages I want to work with, I begin to paint. It's important to me that the steps of collaging and painting are not mutually exclusive. I often paint from several collages at once, or from memory. I sometimes return to collaging to explore a new reworking within the painting process. The process itself becomes a moving metaphor for the exchange between fragmentation and restoration that carries the self through to actualization.
If the mind is like a shore, than the visible world is like a wave, crashing down upon the mind. It sometimes feels like the water has overwhelmed the land, but the wave only performs a reconfiguration. In this way, water and land work together to form a transitional stability, a permanence in flux.