(Portland, OR USA)
The Fall, Ink on Paper, 24x18
My natural instinct as an artist is to work like a scientist, collecting and investigating through a wide variety of media from drawing and painting to sculpture and filmmaking. As Jean Baudrillard states in The Ecstasy of Communication, we get captivated about what is around us. "If one reflects upon it, we exist only in the brief instant when we are seduced--by whatever moves us: an object, a face, an idea, a word, a passion." The artist is an interpreter and translator bringing new insights about this ever changing, complicated, and sometimes hostile world to an audience of viewers.
Much like an urban archeologist I find myself asking questions about what I see and what I am recording. I am the observer of unintentional design and a participant in an unspoken conversation. I often find myself ascribing my own narrative meaning to a set of observations about the things I see. What intrigues me as an artist in the houses, yards, streets, coast, people, and rotaries in my neighborhoods, is the changing light and shadow. The quality of light brings about an abstraction of shadows and linear curves, and the repetition of forms. I work through many transitions to translate the visual imagery into the media that I want to use. There is a moment when I close in on a segment of the people and/or landscape, and for that moment it's not quite obvious what I am viewing. I am obsessed with finding what is banal about the environment around us and exploring it further.