My works all began as truly abstract, non-representational paintings. Initially concerned with color, gesture, composition and lines my process is mostly intuitive, unplanned and free flowing. I begin by using marks, drips, and brush strokes, adding, subtracting, doing and undoing, layering, covering and uncovering until eventually a dialogue develops with the work. Each piece becomes a journey with it’s own life and language.
I am intrigued by the psychological phenomenon called Pareidolia. This is a word for the human tendency to visually make sense of patterns and random information. We see images in clouds, rock formations, floors, ceilings, wood grain and a myriad of other places. Leonardo da Vinci wrote about this in his notebooks: "If you look at walls that are stained or made of different kinds of stones you can think you see in them certain picturesque views of mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, broad valleys, and hills of different shapes. You can also find in them battles and rapidly moving figures, strange faces and costumes, as well as an infinite number of things."
SUMMER SHOW 2018 Series: IMAGINARY FRIENDS
When I paint I start to see images, some of which I make clear to the viewer, and others I let linger mysteriously. This group of paintings falls into the first category. These images were so clear to me that there was no denying them. They are characters that fought their way out from under the drips, marks and brushstrokes as if they were locked in the canvas. Are they coming from my imagination or are they a part of a dialogue that is taking place between my conscious and unconscious minds… a bridge between two realms? Not sure I will ever know the answer to that but for now I am happy to call them my imaginary friends.
BFA San Francisco Art Institute
WATER WORKS: 2015, Swifty’s Restaurant, NYC. Curated by Elizabeth Katz and Patricia Attoe
IN OTHER WORLDS: 2015, Equinox Village, Southern Vermont Art Center
PAREIDOLIA: 2014, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester Vermont
SOLOS 2013 – Westport Art Center (Juror Susan Cross, MASS MoCA)
9SOLOS – Carriage Barn Arts Center, 2013
Jurors Robbin Zella, Director, Housatonic Museum of Art and Lydia Viscardi, Director, Carriage Barn
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