About the Artist
I enter the space alone: a sacred and dirty room at the top of the stairs. I am greeted by shadows and dreams (and maybe a mouse).
In the dark, a dead moth, powdery and blue, awaits on the window sill. Its black eyes staring blankly out at the street below.
With the jangle of keys, the door swings open, and the threshold is crossed. Dark becomes light: the long dark tubes flicker to life with a simple tug of a frayed string.
I leave my day-to-day self and enter a fantasy world where I confront the transgressive desires within my unconscious.
My paintings emerge from this space, by surprise and without specificity, yet are inspired by personal histories, the urban environment, art history, and music (Tool, Black Sabbath, and Alice in Chains)
From this font of inspiration, marks merge into figures, contexts, and narratives and reveal themes of isolation, loneliness, miscommunication, sexual desire, violence, and humor. This convergence of ideas depicts a world in constant turmoil; a world threatened by impending environmental collapse and the ever-present madness of nuclear war.
On the surface of these paintings; layered long-form written narratives, notes, random words, personal names, and fragments of song lyrics unearth previously submerged and repressed meanings. These lead, almost randomly and miraculously, to the emergence of a realized work.