Rodin believed that the form of the body results from the “efflorescent” character of the person deep inside as it bubbles towards its surface. For me, the emotional depth of art history also bubbles to the surface and shows itself to us based on our own cultural understanding. The visual language of art making is forever informed by the history in which it follows. Referencing iconic imagery from the pages of art history allows me to address our perception of the present by acknowledging the imagery of the past and the cultural content from which it came.
Look deeply into my work and you’ll see that the work is not about the figure itself, but about the internal emotional worlds that sit within those boundaries.
(Not Quite) Salvation
(Not Quite) Salvation explores the various ways redemption and meaning are sought in society. What we worship indicates how we hope to be saved from our suffering. What we yearn for are the symbols of our perceived exoneration.
Dancing Odalisques and Other Liberations
Dancing Odalisques focuses on the odalisques of art history, too long trapped in their art historical narrative. Dancing Odalisques traverses time and frees them from their roles of the past in order to let them function in the present. Wouldn’t Ingres be proud to see his ‘Odalisque with Slave’ lose the slave, stand up, and dance? I think so. Would the Nike of Samothrace steer a ship through the waters of life with just a plain old head? No, says our cosmetic surgery/lipo-suction society… you better look like Barbie!
This body of work begins a long, playful investigation of women throughout art history and brings them, with their antiquated roles smack into my brain and out again into the present day.
Inferno speaks of growth through adversity (fire). The mighty Sequoia needs fire in order to continue- through seed propagation and eliminating pests. Similarly mankind needs adversity to grow and develop as individuals and as a collective organism. Having spent some time among the Sequoias, I feel a kinship in their longsuffering and their dogged and slow growth. We, as humans, suffer just as the Sequoia suffers – through fire and adversity. Let’s hope that we are able to learn to stand tall and proud despite the world being on fire around us.
Falling Away is our modern day Pieta, not in a biblical sense but rather in a human sense. It’s about the deep, intimate connections between people. Falling Away is about holding on to something that you’ve once loved, but is now dead. We understand the cost of love. We know that the fullness of life renders a fullness of emotions. Falling Away is about love. It’s about relationships. Falling Away speaks of hanging on, of letting go, of caring... but mostly it speaks of connecting to each other.