Why is the material you are using important to your work?
The surfaces I use are paper, clear plastic, smoothed gesso, and newspaper. The mediums are pencil, acrylic paints and acrylic paint pen. Drawing with these materials emphasizes flatness of line. It is important to make sure that even when superimposed on something else, the drawings appear unreal, like the transience of an image on a computer screen.
How does the “concept/ content/ technique” framework manifest in your work?
Often the technique I employ is a stream-of-conscious type action, where I pull out shapes and organs from a tangle of lines. I repeat this until I have formed a character multiple times and can keep it in my memory. Likewise in my written elements I write and rewrite narratives and symbols but never perfect them.
What is your favorite color? And why?
Blue, or red. Blue like the electric hue of the sky on a sunny afternoon. While in reality that blue is more of a pastel color, in my mind’s eye I am reminded of the intense and blinding light after a night spent lying awake. It is a spiritual experience, a huge expanse of color hanging overhead as an untouchable backdrop.
Red because it is the color of blood, a shared hidden vibrancy among all humans. It is the color of passion, anger, and horror. It is the paint we are born with. The paint that we carry.
La Scapigliata Wakes Up, Acrylic pen and paint on paper, 18" x 24", 2020.
Gift for Ruby, Acrylic pen on paper board, 9" x 12", 2020.
Jaundice, Poured acrylic paint on gessoed wood, 12" x 12", 2019.
The Spaceman and Family, Acrylic pen on paper, 18" x 24", 2020.
(Detail of child figure)
(Detail of mother figure)
The Spaceman, on Matte Black, Acrylic pen and Sumi Ink on paper, 6" x 7.5" , 2020.
La Scapigliata, Acrylic pen on acrylic glass, 4" x 6", 2019.
A Mimicry of St. John, Acrylic pen on acrylic glass, 4" x 6", 2020.
La Scapigliata on Wood, Acrylic pen on acrylic glass, 4" x 6", 2019.
The False Gods and Eye, Acrylic pen on plastic and Duralar, 2' x 2', 2020.
(Detail of the Spaceman on plastic bag)
The Kneeling Thing, Acrylic pen on Duralar, 2' x 4', 2019.
(Detail of head)
(Detail of the Lipped Eye)
The Lipped Eye, Acrylic on plastic, 9" x 12", 2019.