|The Nude in the 21st Century|
I often think of painting in terms of what Georges Bataille called a lost intimacy; a state of being that is concomitant with the dissolution of our discontinuous "self." No matter the degree and duration that this self may be suspended within a heightened moment of immediacy, we inevitably must return to the state of a separate, reflecting being.
In painting, I sense the dynamic between surface and image as marking a similar state of unrest. It is here that the immediacy of both the painting process and of purely visual experience collides with thought and memory. Regarding subject matter, I'm often drawn to the naked human body as an anonymous, though potentially evocative, presence. Thus, the human body, as the location for heightened experience made a static image, is significant to the experience of painting as the liminal space between identity and loss thereof.