Narrative is employed loosely here. Imagery gives form to a dissonant accrual of lived experience, family histories, personal and appropriated iconography, and the acting out of roles both obligatory and imagined. Rather than explicit tales, I try to conjure a habitat that evokes the slipperiness of memory, longing, and a disquieting curiosity. I navigate this territory intuitively when working, seeking to arrive at an image that is both unflinchingly candid in physical representation and yet psychologically evasive.
I am interested in the simultaneous read of an immediately recognizable image that asks the viewer to linger over a history and meaning that unfurl more slowly. Residual buildup of the physical mark is suggestive of the indexical process of investigation and also serves as a metaphor for accumulation of time, thought, and clutter. Mark, line and material become an extension of touch in the act of representation. The relationship of hand to subject, negotiated through the material, can elicit a response of both haptic empathy and repulsion.
While there is immediacy in recognizing an image, I hope to suspend the viewer in the accrual and disappearance of mark and the drawn-out negotiation had between material and image, what is and what is not