My work is a visual dialogue between abstraction and representation in paintings, drawings, and prints. A wide variety of subjects - from the personal to the political - influence my art making.
I make many works where abstraction and figuration are co-mingled. However, recently I have been compelled to also work on two separate series of paintings simultaneously – one completely abstract and the other completely representational – to explore the potential of both directions more fully.
One body of paintings contains no representational elements at all. I often think of the figurative elements in my works as nouns in a sentence – describing a particular. Removing the figure from the work has allowed a greater freedom for any specific meaning to evolve through a synthesis with the viewer’s imagination rather than having a narrative suggested by me. On the surface these paintings appear to grapple with formal issues such as color and spacial relationships. I also see them as meditations on deeper issues such as expansion and growth – perhaps on the cellular level, like inside our bodies; or conversely, on the galactic level, as in the universe.
Another series of paintings is essentially photorealist in nature – the “Breast Portraits”. These are 12 x 12 inch paintings of women holding their bare breasts in their hands in what is known as the "Ishtar pose" after the Babylonian goddess. Each painting is based on a photograph that has been given to me, or that I have taken myself. The models in the paintings are virtually anonymous, as their faces and full bodies are not shown. The work is about the breasts as symbols of many things; including fertility, sexuality, and disease. The project is on-going, and I hope to eventually complete about forty of these paintings and exhibit them all together.
Although many issues are referenced, the work itself remains non-linear, seeking to raise questions rather than to give answers.