Come see my work displayed at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames:
November 2 – November 30 | Small Wall Gallery, 3rd Floor
Octagon reception for all current shows: Friday, November 8, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Join me for a special presentation of works and words: Chromophilia: Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. at the Octagon
I think of these works as inklings, for their humble beginnings as tiny ink doodles, and for those small, nagging ideas, fears, and behaviors that have the power to become reality – whether beautiful or monstrous in their realization.
The earliest works date back to 1996, when my mother was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. They represent the management of multiple internal struggles – first with my own body image and the desire to find perfection within asymmetrical, writhing color; then the quest to contain my body and mind as my mother slowly began losing control over hers.
My practice is sometimes an inquiry into the interaction and display of bodies – as physical forms, printable images, philosophical constructs; as patterns, collections; recognizable or hidden and refigured. Through transition from one form or material to another, I can define new bodies to explore concepts of inscription, concealment, authenticity, illusion, and decay in a carefully sutured experience where nothing is as it seems. Other times, I paint simply to release – a wordless outpouring of thought and emotion.
Ultimately, everything I make echoes that first movement of ink on paper. My time spent with that writhing color is sacred, laborious, my personal visual expression at its core, in its purest, most honest form. It is a dance in two dimensions – movement controlled, contained, and preserved.
I hope you enjoy.