My current body of work is painted on paper. Paper allows for spontaneous revisions and a quick work pace—which frees me to take more risks with the paint. The paint slides around the surface of the paper; encouraging me to work quickly, limit revisions, and explore mark-making. Paper is a versatile surface for experimentation on a large scale and is a receptive surface for different tools such as pigment sticks, transfer paper and pencil. This combination of qualities gives the surface of the paintings a rich character and an “immediacy” to the marks.
I do not work in a series. Instead of being studies of a specific subject, the individual paintings link to each other like a chain. Each painting is one moment in a spontaneous train of thought sparked by specific images, thoughts and questions. The titles are very specific and chosen thoughtfully. They are an important point of entry as the viewer explores the painting.
October 2018 Painter’s Notes: A painter friend generously gifted me some used oil paint in vibrant colors that I would not normally purchase for myself. This gift, partnered with increased occurrences in my ocular migraines, resulted in some very bright and jarring color combinations. A note in my sketchbook stands out. It is a quote from the writer, Mary Ruefle who says “I want to get really good at not knowing what I am doing.” That is the goal that I want for myself.
February 2018 Painter's Notes: Reworking paintings from 2017. Thinking about taking away the form and just leaving simple shapes and colors. "Are you looking at it because it needs to be resolved or because it is interesting?" Quote by Eric Fischl (i think)
August 2017 Painter's Notes: Hildegard of Bingen's drawings in the Scivias are mind-blowing. As I was researching her history, I found some writers that theorized that she may have suffered from migraines with auras and that those visual disturbances may have found their way into her imagery. I am a sister sufferer of migraines with auras and I thought I would try to express mine in a painting. (see Behind My Left Eye)
April 2017 Painter's Notes: Continued study of patterns and objects including: static, marbles, chainsaw. Influences can also be found in a broad range of research and reading about math, anatomy and jewelry, specifically: Munchhausen and Narcissistic numbers, Jules Galet anatomical drawings, tiaras and the poetry of Sandra Lim.
March 2106 Painter's Notes: I have been obsessively studying the images from Susan Meller's book, Russian Textiles: Printed Cloth for the Bazaars of Central Asia and I am awestruck by the juxtaposition of patterns and colors in the textiles. These images serve as inspirations for my bright palette, as seen in the painting, Sweet Tongued.