Statement: The SPECTRA series operates as a visual meditation. The human body and psyche is influenced, controlled, and enhanced by chemicals. Our bodies generate hormones that signify happiness, pride, fear; the entire breadth of human emotion. Modern science, in its ceasless endeavor to boost the quality of life of the individual, seeks to develop substances that alieviate pain and boost performance. However, the human condition is tricky. Our complex search for peace has generated conditions that are quite the opposite: substance addiction and community collapse. When viewed as a singular molecule, controversial substances like fentanyl appear quietly beautiful. As the simple structure exists on its own, it has no political agenda, no history of anguish and turmoil. Much like the human spirit, the life of a molecule and its true nature exists when it becomes connected.
It is impossible to identify something while embedded within it. I choose an aerial view or God trick to portray mundane landscapes of steel factories, paper mills, housing developments, and shipping ports. Traveling North America extensively by helicopter, I capture the source material for these paintings.
Statement: Time is as relational as color; it is energy traveling at different velocities and identifiable only by its connection and dependence upon the energy surrounding it. Inspired by the equations of physicists James Clerk Maxwell and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek, each cycle painting references the artist's "theory of everything." Energy is conserved within the Universe and is held by the laws of symmetry: change without change. Themes of arbitrariness, continuity, relational connections, zen, and summation are emblematic of this series.
Wonderwheel , Selected panels from Wonderwheel installation.
2020 Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC)
The boy asked his mother, "Will I die too?
And the mother felt tight in her chest
She built him a model of the Universe
and told him, "If you learn this, you will
find that you go on forever."
Statement: When displayed together, the 59 panels (oil and gold leaf) create a painting in-the-round to envelope the viewer within a spectrum. Lines, imagery, and shapes depict common scenery of the contemporary landscape. The paintings and installation are constructed around a narrative of a mother/artist who builds a model of the Universe to teach and protect her children. Accompanying the installation are I-spy books of poems for the viewer to use to find items within the installation.
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