This, That, and Everything
While making this work, I’ve tried to remind myself, and hopefully others, of the fundamental connection between everyone and everything. Nature is one word for it. Quantum Mechanics describes an aspect of this connection on the particle level as “entanglement”. But we see much larger and more obvious expressions of the push and pull that results from this connection through increasing societal and environmental consequences. Despite the tension that rises from these connections, I wanted to represent some aspect of the beauty and promise I feel when reminded of this underlying fabric. For me, harboring this awareness feels both cosmic and intimate.
This flip-flop between the tangible and metaphysical is something for which painting is well suited to describe. I’ve always been captivated by a painting’s ability to exist both as a clunky dumb object and a magical portal to another place. Paintings can point to a “here” and “there” simultaneously. Considering this, I wanted to make paintings that began with a wholehearted embrace of the canvas as a fabric, with all of its unique imperfections.
I used a Shibori dye-technique to reveal a grid folded from the canvas’ own dimensions. Then, I added oil paint over a clear sealant, building off of the dye patterns to suggest form and space. I became interested in how each painting held unique properties before the oil paint was even added. Successive painting decisions were built on this foundation, elaborating and continuing to “unfold” something that seemed to spawn from within the fabric itself. The resulting paintings represent a balance between the surface’s undeniable physicality, a longing for wilderness, and a touch of my own West Coast utopian fantasy.