Collage and oil on canvas
18" x 24"
My paintings have a strong connection, both are concerned with abstract forms that have a human quality and focus on relationships. Thru my work I explore how we relate to one another. My canvases show the physical and emotional space created between people and the tension that interaction causes. The encounter may be brief or perhaps we feel trapped in our meeting and can’t escape. I want the viewer to be conscious of the environment around the forms and question the effect it has on the images I present. My anthropomorphic forms sometimes seem humorous due to odd appendages or surprising colors. Specific body part references or sensual tactile surfaces can invoke a sexual quality to my work.
I decide whether my form is going to stand independently, be dependent or codependent and whether I want my images to stay stationary or be in motion. Line, gesture,materials and colors become metaphors for the delicate elements my interactions generate. I create a permanent manifestation of these experiences and convey their emotional significance and universality.