Categories: Visual Arts
In my paintings and mixed media works I often bury the elements I use as grounds—laser prints, magazine pages, found images—but I feel the pulse they create, a call-and-response with the paint. The picture plane is frequently in flux and fractured. I repeat images I find evocative, and these images are generally a slow burn, not immediately decipherable but always the provocation for the brushstrokes around and over them. This image is a detail from "The History of the World," with laser print cutouts of a Queens auto-wrecking yard and a Mars Rover standing in for themes of exploration and wreckage. Working in the studio in tandem with pre-existing images and found things transforms the world into material. Always in view—no matter the media—is that click of significance, when some thing becomes something entirely else.
At Douglass College, Rutgers University, I studied with Fluxus artist Robert Watts, who gave me a deep appreciation for the spontaneous and serendipitous, and with ceramic sculptor Ka Kwong Hui, whose sense of the relationships of forms went far beyond the clay studio. My paintings and mixed-media work have been shown in New York, Provincetown, New Haven, Chicago, Philadelphia, Berlin, and elsewhere. I received a 2020 Bronx Council for the Arts BRIO grant in painting, and have been an artist-in-residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts. My ongoing collaborative collage project, "The Corpses," with poet Ian Ganassi, can be viewed at thecorpses.com.