ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a visual storyteller who communicates with the viewer through narrative imagery, imbued with elastic meaning. I am creating a new visual mythology that explores the process of mankind corrupting the natural world in pursuit of progress. My narrative mixed media paintings and tapestries are a meditation on current events presented as a psychological landscape that builds upon established story lines in pursuit of ordering madness in dense and complicated times.
My artwork reflects on the past, while it probes the future. The blueprint of how I create work can be broken down like this: I isolate a contemporary phenomenon, find a myth or story with relevance, and illustrate their intersection, using an arsenal of imagery and techniques assembled through research and intuition.
Much of my work is on polyester film, a thin translucent plastic. This material allows the staging environment to be visible through the work, breaking the metaphor of painting as a window into another dimension. I mark this surface with India ink, grease pencil, printing, acrylic and spray paint. I sew this work together creating large multi-layered plastic tapestries.
Cock n Guf in installation on Governor's Island 2016 mixed media 48 x 60 x 32 inches
Cock n Guf in installation on Governor's Island 2016 mixed media
Eyeball Flyer 1 2015 mixed media 32 x 32 x 14 inches
Cock a Doodle 2015 Mixed media 34 x 36 x 24
Bulbi 2015 mixed media 38 x 38 x 24 inches
Monkey See 2016 mixed media 18 x 24 inches
Divination 2016 Mixed media 36 x 30 inches
He Said, She Said 2016 Mixed media 30 x 30 inches
Hold Tight 2016 Mixed media 18 x 12 inches
Behemoths Installation at ISE Cultural Foundation 2014 mixed media varies My installation of Behemoths was shown at the ISE Cultural Foundation for their summer show in 2014.
Democratic Bucephalus: Countries of the Arab Spring: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, A 2014 Acrylic paint, India ink, cotton thread and yarn on printed and sewn polyester film mounted on paper 42 by 42 inches
2014 42 by 42 inches In one version of the Medusa myth, Medusa was beautiful maiden who Poseidon raped in Athena's temple. The enraged Athena transformed Medusa's hair into serpents and made her face so terrible
2014 Acrylic paint, India ink, cotton thread and yarn on printed and sewn polyester film mounted on paper
Nationalistic Self Portrait: United States, Canada, Israel, Finland, South Africa, Lithuania, and Au 2014 Acrylic paint and printed polyester film sewn to paper 18 by 18 inches
Mini Land-Scylla: The Most Populous Nations: China, India, United States, Indonesia, Brazil & Pa 2013 Acrylic paint on printed polyester film, cotton thread and trim on paper, steel mesh and wire 16 by 20 by 12 inches
Oil Well: The 10 Top Oil Producers: Russia, Saudi Arabia, United States, Iran, China, Canada, Iraq, 2014 Acrylic paint on printed polyester film, cotton thread and steel wire 30 by 21 by 3 inches This piece barrows from my previous series LEVIATHANS which equates whaling with current fossil fuel consumption. They are both naturally occurring, finite super fuels.
Diaspeiro: Greece, France, Switzerland, Germany, United States, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Puerto Ri 2013 Acrylic paint, glass beads, feathers, lace, and fabric trim on printed and sewn polyester film mounted on paper with a foam core base Installation is flexible, here shown covering an area of approximately 10 feet by 4 feet In these pieces I have used Greek statues, a symbol of democracy, wearing painted flag masks to render the nationalistic symbols meaningless, reminiscent of painted clowns or enthusiastic sports fans.
Scylla: The Most Populous Nations: China, Indonesia, Brasil, Pakistan, India, and The United Sates 2013 Acrylic paint and glass beads on printed and sewn polyester film mounted on paper with a foam core base 40 inches by 26 inches Riffing on the concept of Homer's sea monster from The Odyssey I am turning the beast into the 6 most populous nationals, rationally pointing a finger at the biggest contributors to the massive
Leviathans 4 2012 India Ink, graphite, grease pencil, acrylic paint on printed and sewn polyester film 36 inches by 60 inches