ARTIST STATEMENT: My current work uses iPhone photographs captured of New Yorkers as a starting point to examine human connection. The people encountered on the streets number in the millions yet there is a lack of acknowledgment, almost a dismissive nature, to those around them. People exist in their own universe. They are a society of one. For some, this is achieved through headphones, smart phones or iPads. For others, it is the loneliness that comes ironically from living in the shadows of so many.
In this new series, I explore isolation in an urban society. I look at the superficial, and shallow, overlap of life over life as well as how this cursory connection contributes to the self-imposed dissection of the individual. Like my earlier work, I have no personal experience with the people in the photographs. I can only respond to the emotion of the image and piece together the life I see in front of me, creating a distorted reality.
I paint on wood panels. The grain of each panel coupled with the intersection of figure on figure dictates the final image. I use the interference of one person over the other as a "cut". This aggressive act can translate physically as an actual cut in the skin or as a slash one life inflicts upon another. A random encounter can leave an imperceptible, but often penetrable, mark.