I use painting to investigate how perception is informed and shaped by light, color and imagination. My work is concerned with the simultaneous pleasure and confinement provided by a sense of safety.
Abstraction is prominent in my work and I use strategies of abstraction as a way to express the fantastic and impossible via an ordered system of lines and colors. My consistent use of ruled lines is as much to invite as to hypnotize the viewer. The lines often plot a course of misdirection, containing false passages and limited entry points. These paths point continuously across the surface, in contrast to the depth created by the shapes of gradient color.
My color palette is vivid and saturated, which creates an artificial landscape or non-place. The bright palette is both appealing and unreal, and helps me create an inorganic landscape of my own design. These spaces adhere to my own rules of light and shadow, and I play with depth and flatness to continue my construction of illusory spaces.
Despite my interest in illusion, and the preeminent formal considerations within my process and work, I seek to locate a human connection to these impossible environments. Their constriction may provide a pleasurable sense of escape, of being lost inside their lines, color and bright artificialness. As I paint, I am always thinking of these compositions as sites of inhabitation.