Artist Statement

I work in the space that exists between ideas, or objects, and the paths we forge through them.
Many of us walk through doorways and think little of it. The doorway is a crossing place: a place between two defined areas that we traverse through. The doorway is an example of liminal space. These border lands are the realms of myths and tricksters, but also serve as areas of contention where dialogue and critique occurs free from labels and categories. It is a zone of contradictions, and disruptions of thought patterns. As a child it became clear that I was an un-doer of things, and took immense pleasure facilitating lostness. My making practice focuses on the work of wandering to the in-between. The objects, paintings, I create are records of this exploration. Within the interstitial we experience the naming and the calling of things; a bidding to the hidden to become unconcealed.
My exploration currently focuses on how words and images interact; where words stop, and images begin and vice versa. This ebb and flow is the birthplace of imagination and of belief. For the Letters on the Wind: Exploring the Hebrew Alphabet set of paintings, I have been focused on Hebrew letters and the tremendous calligraphic quality they have that inform us of the life of each letter. In the interstitial the letters flow like seedlings on the wind, reaching out to land, taking root and creating wondrous life. The letters form words and etch their names into the world, so when spoken they carry the history of humanity. I instinctively respond to the nature of the letter and its shape with large gestural mark making. Then I continue delving into the substance behind the letter, I create atmosphere through multiple layers of mixed media. I separate areas of the paintings with metal leafing to force division to set a space apart and seek answers as to the origins of the sacred and the mystical. The letters themselves are instilled with the joys and sorrows sustained through time by the stewards of the language.
Through these paintings I am attempting to convey the importance of language to culture and identity.