I think of my drawings and paintings as internal landscapes of our bodies; cells, veins, skin, nerves. These landscapes are systems that our lives depend upon. They circulate blood, compress or expand to breathe, filter or cover to protect and carry signals or messages. They are all inter-related and inter-dependent. I use these systems to construct various structures in my drawings and paintings. Like our internal systems, the structures are linear, flowing, clustered, dense, and intertwined.
In the work, I create a matrix of lines to represent our skins. The matrix becomes a transparent membrane that is flexible. It morphs and changes as our skin does. It reacts to its surroundings and can be pushed or pulled to form lumps and bumps. I use groupings of white dots to make a barrier or an edge, which is soft and willing to yield, envelop and grow around other structures. Color emphasizes areas of tension, heat and sensitivity in the drawings.
The materials and the presentation of my work are as important as the imagery. The immediacy and directness of mark making and the emotive qualities of a line echo the content of the work. Spontaneity and immediacy are paired with obsessiveness and control in the working process. By presenting the layered paintings and drawings pinned directly to the wall the viewer has a more intimate experience with the work. My hope is that the viewer will make an emotive, physical connection to the impermanent, ethereal nature of the pieces.