Full Artist's statement
On Using Text
I am the keeper of stories. My family’s stories. Those told to me by friends or people I barely know. Some I know are true. Others, I’m not so sure. But I use the words, rehash and rework them and strip them down to the bone, then build the sentences up again, layers upon layers representing the feeling of a story I know.
The act of remembering and sharing stories is a powerful thing to me. Just as the passage of time creates layers of experiencing — the remembering of an event, the misremembering of it, the distancing, the forgetting — my coats of color washes and texture become a lens through which I share my cache of stories, and invite viewers to reflect upon their own.
On Using Numbers
Instead of letting numbers play their true role as keepers of concrete, tangible things, I pull them onto visual stages, force them into new roles, give them personalities, and assign them new values. They become representations of emotions and displays of made-up data that describe relationships, missed connections, and bonds needed or unwanted. They become us.
Hidden story fragments embedded in the painting influence the palette and mark-making to capture small slices of time, like journal entries exposed in a visual format. Clusters of numbers provide a snapshot of connectivity, or a record-keeping process for some unknown or intangible thing. Acrylic washes are added then partially removed in areas using my hands or cloth. The process is physical, often using both hands. Paintings incorporating numbers often include cotton twine sewn through the canvas with long stitches to reinforce the idea of connectivity, or lack of it. When viewers step in front of my work, I’m inviting them to bring their baggage to the experience, and my process aims to give my paintings a history as well.