My work as a whole gravitates to visual narratives and metaphors that explore the human condition. In particular, I am drawn towards visual symbols and cues that suggest the dualities of existing in the world: they reveal the interplay between intimacy and alienation, attainment and loss, and interior and exterior modes of consciousness.
My working process is a rumination, a meditative analysis, of the world I touch with my senses. I aim to achieve an aesthetic clarity through a blending of analytical and intuitive strategies. Regardless of my subject matter, the human presence is explicit in my work. My images are also undeniably narrative, yet in an irresolvable sense. I tend to depict repeated perspectives and objects as a way to create dialogue among my images, and to suggest possible causalities and impulses underlying the static forms.
In my recent series of drawings, I use the invented hybrid insect as a metaphor, or a template, to examine the tenuous relationship between the natural world and the human consciousness. My insect drawings are a reformulation of documented forms of existence into representations that are at once empirical and ambiguous. By imposing a kind of synthesis between symmetry and imbalance, beauty and the grotesque, elegance and excess, my hope is to access an indeterminate space where associations and ideas can exist in a state of suspended animation, and where pattern and line culminate into myriad reinterpretations and decimations of original form.
Flakes is a series of pen and ink works that is strongly influenced by the graphic novel form. In these drawings, I have avoided directly representing the human figure. Connections are made among the panels by visual associations: variations of angles, shapes, textures, and vantage points. These associative elements work holistically to create a psychological effect and to suggest sequential paths through the panels.
I have also been experimenting with stop-motion film and digital imagery. A Second Life is an exploration of the book as a meditative space, and a physical art object. By utilizing traditions in surrealist film-making and the altered book, I am attempting to take apart and reassemble our assumptions about the act of reading, which I believe is a more multifaceted and sensorial experience than we tend to think.