Statement

 

THE CURRENT WORK

I think about time almost all the time. It rules our lives and may be our most precious resource. I am fascinated by Albert Einstein’s contention that time, as we perceive it, is an illusion. According to Wikipedia, “In physics, spacetime is a mathematical model that combines the three dimensions of space and one dimension of time into a single four-dimensional manifold. Spacetime diagrams can be used to visualize relativistic effects, such as why different observers perceive differently where and when events occur.” These drawings are playful, and imaginative visual speculations on the mysteries of the space-time continuum.

These drawings share an interest in spatial illusion, intricacy, geometry, cross-hatching and implied movement. They are playfully quirky, at times mildly psychedelic. Each represents a unified world with its own internal logic that abides by natural laws we recognize — such as the existence of light, perspective, gravity, 2-D and 3-D space. They are neither purely abstract, nor strictly representational, but hover somewhere between the two, often referencing things like landscape, nature, architecture. My aim is to engage the viewer to look, observe, question what they perceive which, if done, completes the artwork by providing the fourth dimension of time.

 

THE MANDALA SERIES

Sumptuous, intricate, ornamented, these oil paintings are richly referential — they call to mind a range of associations from mandalas, the cosmos, cells, lace, brocade and more. I feel aligned with the long history of geometric and floral ornamentation the Far Eastern, Middle Eastern, and European craftsmen have long employed. They did so with the implicit understanding that pattern and repetition, which are endemic in nature, are primal in their rhythmic connection to the human nervous system. I identify my work with the long tradition of visual artists interested in notions of cosmology. I am, as my friend the artist Thomas Lyon Mills says, painting worlds within worlds with the aim of revealing profound, contemplative, slow truths.