2 are 8 in. x 16 in. each
1 is 12 in. x 16 in.
19.5 in. x 25 in.
35.5 in x 24 in.
21.75 in. x 25.25 in.
30 in. x 29 in.
Havana Wall (the Blues) #8
26.25 in. x 30 in.
Early on in my career I was introduced to the philosophical and aesthetic Japanese concepts of “wabi” and “sabi”. A strong architectural influence in my life exposed me to “modernism”. The combination of these two sensibilities is very much what I feel my art reflects.
Wabi Sabi is evident in the mindful approach I take not only to life but also to my art practice. It can simply be defined as the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, the beauty of things humble and modest, and the beauty of things unconventional.
The aspects of Modernism that I have adopted are the abstract non-representational ideals of beauty, the idea that less is more, surface characteristics that are seamless, polished and clean, and a geometric organization of form.
Put these two aesthetics together and you are getting close to understanding my work. The glue that holds these together, hopefully, is a maturity in knowing myself, understanding the materials and trusting that the end result will be able to communicate the meaning and essence of the work.
Although I came from a strong printmaking background which will always be my first love, throughout my career I have been intuitively drawn to the physicality of materials. Over the years this has led to experimentation with repurposing common or found materials: wood, metal, tea bags, and books. I enjoy the idea of pushing the concept of what defines the usage of certain materials but the end result still has to be something that is aesthetically appealing as well as conceptually informed.
From rich, dark etchings, to earthy multilayered tea collages, the deconstruction of discarded books in my latest work, as well as the ‘wall‘ series reflecting the spectacular and endless state of timelessness depicted in the architectural decay of Havana – I believe you will see work although diverse, that is inspired and created by a single artistic vision.