Full Artist's statement
My paintings show how highly-wrought, decorative elements coalesce from the chaos and contingency of an organic environment--and how they dissolve into that environment again. I begin each painting with a stain of color, the product of chance evaporation of ink and water from the paper as it lies on the floor of the studio. On top of, around, and through this shape, I nourish the landscape of each painting, inserting ham-handed swathes of opaque color, repetitive print-making, and delicately rendered ink drawing. The paintings are indebted to historical landscape traditions such as Buddhist cave murals and sumi ink painting—traditions that aspire to the immersive, escapist possibilities of panoramic pictures. Each of my works create a wide-ranging, welcomingly enveloping space, but that space is tense with the threat of disunity and incoherence as different elements multiply and expand like poisonous growths. They pull you in and push you away.
My paintings are utter hybrids; man-sized fields punctuated by moments of absurdity, poetry, mutation, growth and decay that I find both suffocating and fabulous. They glory in the sensuous and the rambling, but intersperse the chaos with moments of neurotic control. They explore the potentialities of growth, but also of overabundance. I think of my work as baroque abstract: a celebration of the abundance of connections and clashes that can be found in the disparate mess of matter in the world.