ARTIST STATEMENT: CONTINUUM
My work explores the idea that dualities—light and darkness, life and death, object and emptiness, forest and fire—aren’t opposed forces, but rather part of the same continuous cycle. One can’t exist without the other. In Rethinking Fire, I juxtapose soft organic lines with geometric forms that convey our desire to compartmentalize and control capricious natural processes, often with unintended consequences.
Continuum further investigates the subtle gray areas between apparent dualities begun in Rethinking Fire. I deliberately challenge traditional painting guidelines of composition, unresolved tension, and tonal scale. I blur the relationship between foreground and background, creating an ambiguity of space: what appears to be a floating sense of light at a distance blends into the surface as the viewer approaches the painting. My goal is a hint of dynamic energy within a quiet, contemplative space. The seemingly white or black surface of each painting is actually comprised of several colors that reveal themselves gradually after several minutes of meditation, bringing a temporal dimension to the viewing experience.