I feel very lucky to be working with Jax-Zen Float in their Float Creations Project. Floatation therapy has been a richly rewarding experience; a unique space for profound physical relaxation and a time for fruitful concentration, reflection, and untethering.

After my first float I began photographing a Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) Laura and I have by a window in our apartment. It is a small scene I see every day and throughout my series of three floats it became a visual anchor for this project.

I have been exploring some new ideas with the images both in short digital loops and as altered photographic prints. I'll keep sharing my progress as things grow out of this very interesting experience.

I wholeheartedly recommend Flotation Threrapy at Jax-Zen Float to any artist as a powerful aid in creative concentration. A very sincere thank you to @jaxzenms #nurturetheflow

Delmas House, on Front Street in Pascagoula, 2018, charcoal, graphite, and pastel

Laura, in the morning glories, on Horn Island, before we married, 2018, charcoal, graphite, and pastel

SHELL, 2017, pastel, graphite, and charcoal

SAND DOLLAR, 2017, pastel, graphite, and charcoal

SHELL, 2017, pastel, graphite, and charcoal

SHELL, 2018, graphite and charcoal

A MASK FOR A PLAY, 2017, woodcut

*INK ONLY, 2017, PaperWorkers Local and UAB Dept of Art and Art History, Birmingham, AL

A MASK FOR A PLAY, 2017, woodcut

*The Cedars Juried Arts Competition, 2017, Jackson, MS

A MASK FOR A PLAY, 2017, woodcut

A SET OF MASKS FOR A PLAY, 2017, woodcut

People of Earth, Museum After Hours, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, September 2017

A MASK FOR A PLAY

I first read The Incident at Antioch by Alain Badiou several years ago. It’s a play worth living with. Give it some time and the ideas begin to ferment. Over the past few months/years I created a set of masks for this complex tragedy; using these printed images to investigate my own questions about history, politics, and theatre.

. . .

Theatre in itself is not a goal for Badiou. It is a posture he adopts.“The play is a search for a new politics,” he explains, “but it’s also the embodiment of the idea that something[the traditional model of revolutionary change] is finished.” Kenneth Reinhard, in his introductory essay to the English translation, develops this concept further: “For Badiou theater functions as a kind of laboratory for the experimental production and investigation of new subjectivities, new ideas, and new temporalities.”

I’m deeply sympathetic to the idea of artistic works functioning as “laboratories for thinking”; artworks experimental in a methodological sense not just an aesthetic one. Badiou situates theater at an intersection, “art and politics in solidarity with each other-art offering its experimental resources for political thinking, and politics lending art the possibility of collectivization-but each retaining its own distinctive methods, materials, and kinds of truths.”

Print, like theater, can be understood in this same way. Its multiplicity allows for an engagement with groups of people in ways other media cannot.

. . .

These masks exist as tools for theater, both Badiou’s and your own.

#AMaskForAPlay

NEW WORK, Pearl River Glass Studio, Jackson, MS, April 2018

Nature Doubled, 2016, woodcut printed on both sides

Cedar, Pine, and Dogwood, 2015, woodcut

*Mississippi Collegiate Art Faculty Juried Exhibition, 2015, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS

The Arrival of Dionysus in Thebes, 2015, charcoal, graphite, and pastel

Nothing Much, 2015, Digital

*2015 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Exhibition, The Art and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Traces, 2015, Digital

*Monolithic, 2015, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dionysian/Apollonian, 2015, pastel and charcoal,

Apollo Confronted, 2015, pastel and charcoal

Apollo, 2015, pastel and charcoal

Apollo, 2015, pastel and charcoal

Pattern Writes Ritual, 2015, pastel and charcoal

*The Cedars Juried Arts Competition, 2016, Jackson, MS

Two Actors in a Play, 2015, woodcut collage

Two Actors in a Play, 2015, woodcut collage

Two Actors in a Play, 2015, woodcut collage

*The Cedars Juried Arts Competition, 2015, Jackson, MS

Horizon, 2012, woodcut

Pascagoula River, 2012, woodcut

Horn Island, 2012, woodcut

Dead Tree, 2012, etching and drypoint

Cloud, 2014, etching

*Mississippi Collegiate Art Faculty Juried Exhibition, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, 2015

*The Cedars Juried Arts Competition, 2014, Jackson, MS

Snakes and Guns, 2010, woodcut