artist's statementThe conjunction of beauty with the occasion of moral pain somehow transforms the pain from grief into sorrow, and with that into a form of release. And since the occasion of the elegy is public, the sorrow is shared. It is no longer one’s own.
Arthur Danto, The Abuse of Beauty
Beauty without sentimentality. A cracked sidewalk, a puddle of oil and water, or a coffee stain. An initial response to a dirty beauty that becomes bittersweet upon reflection.
The artwork operates as a revelation of the process with which it was made. The finished piece documents and emphasizes all the steps in the creative process, both organic and controlled. Each layer of color records the decisions made, whether concerning composition, weight, or rhythm. The meditative and devotional aspects of the painting/print becomes much more apparent as a viewer spends time with the artwork. A flat color or straight linear element, when coupled with the intrinsic beauty of a water stain, magnifies the difference between the organic and the controlled.
A dialogue occurs within the individual pieces. A dialogue between color fields, between the rhythm of the composition, between elements both organic and controlled.