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Artist Statements

 

February 2016

When the world I imagine diverges from the world I see, my practice moves from observation to invention.

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December 2014

My observations of the natural world give way to representations, inventions, and perversions.

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October 2013

There is a line, even if unmarked, between natural and unnatural, between built and un-built, between world and earth; and I revel where this line erupts.

Lava turns to stone that lines a Chicago garden.

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August 2012

Owlets cry for food, coyote sirens warn, and frog songs lull me to sleep. A nest of newts is red and sanguine, and a lone mushroom portends the angel of death. I hear a tree fall in the distance.

Eyes open, ears alert, and the forest marks me.

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April 2012

Where language fails, art reigns.

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July 2011

Hokusai envisioned thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, and Cezanne gazed at Mont Sainte-Victoire with fresh energy over sixty times. I, too, am looking for my earthly motif that ranges into the heavens.

I am dreaming of white mountains cast in numberless shades of summer green.

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July 2010

Chinese orthography and primitive art-forms bewitch, and I am drawing towards all that is child-like, animal-like, and angelic.

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February 2008

I sense an artistic responsibility to grasp, process, and re-present our world. This is also my privilege.

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June 2006

I paint quietly and slowly.

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May 2006

My paintings and drawings record direct and repeated observations. Each reiteration of similar motifs marks an increasing intimacy with the world and moves an observational practice closer to a private meditation. My comfort in familiar objects and their spaces manifests in an aging collection of citrus fruit—once-fresh oranges are now desiccated, discolored, misshapen, and hard to the touch; and my desire to escape the mundane impels me toward the uncanny.