“It (Wabi Sabi) is an expression of the beauty that lies in the brief transition between the coming and going of life, both the joy and melancholy that make up our lot as humans.”
(from Wabi Sabi, the Japanese Art of Impermanence by Andrew Juniper)
My work reflects my fascination with architecture, architectural elements and urban landscapes. My interest in structures is partially derived from the physicality of the imagery, its properties, lines and weight. Structures have been a constant in my work for nearly 15 years.
I am intrigued by industrial forms found both in the landscapes of my immediate environment and those seen in my travels. A photo journal in which I sketch and write, functions as a springboard for my work.
In this series of paintings I’m trying to deconstruct the images and then reassemble them while still maintaining the character of the original. My hope is to innovate enough so that the while the original might not be recognizable the painting establishes the memory of a place. The new images are created through a process of layering prints, paint, tearing and sanding. As a result of this process, like memory, images are fragmented and broken. They’re not perfectly aligned and the resulting effect created is a new reality that is no longer about the actual place but about the experience of the place. What also occurs is the discovery of unexpected juxtapositions in the image, in the color, in the painting, in the world, in life — serendipity. For me, these paintings are simultaneously beautiful and repulsive, joyous and melancholy, dissident and harmonic, quiet and chaotic.