My work is a compilation of mere observations of our world and what surrounds us on a daily basis. Be it nature, architecture or images on a television screen, the human being encounters an enormous amount of visual imagery that makes up our world. I have taken the imagery, borrowed lines, shapes, forms, and color, stripped them of their literal references and used these to create compositions.
Although the shapes are still at times rather recognizable or familiar they are kept abstract enough to spark a viewer’s imagination in reference to these elements, evoking thought and reflection, dependent on the viewers own point of view or associations.
Human figures, birds and boats are often placed amidst a series of unrelated images of structures, landscapes, and familiar objects as to jar the spectator’s imagination in relation to these forms. Abstract concepts such as birth and renewal become as palpable as seeds and eggs. Boats allude to journeys, silhouettes become cups or recipients, and nests become traveling vessels. By placing these forms, stripped of their literal references, within the same composition, the viewer is forced to use their own thought process to complete these renderings.
My work juxtaposes natural organic elements in nature with more rigid structural forms. Tables, pots, and ladders are placed amidst trees, seeds and leaves. The work sets up a stark contrast between nature and constructed and man-made objects. It draws inspiration from establishing the similarities and differences that exist between them, and often speaks of the spiritual longing that I believe to be a universal, and central part of human existence.