I explore the intimate conflict between content and form through various archetypes whose identities are based upon context. This collection of mediated bodies and gestures are arranged/rearranged making explicit both the framing and fragmentation of identity. I referred to this process as “visual surgery” which I described in three stages: confrontation, negotiation and collaboration. This process stimulates a cathartic experience where broader harmonies and complications are analyzed within the painted psychologically-charged dramas. Casting these different archetypes seeks to create a unique and critical image.
With empathy, this new body of work investigates vulnerability/control, revealing/concealing patterns and the juncture between reality and illusion. Within the theater of painting, the bodies and the space physically become the playground. The texture of these paintings is achieved through the thick application and accumulation of slabs of paint, embedding the content into the painted illusion. In this way, the images should convey both conviction and ambiguity.
I understand archetypes as universal, archaic patterns/images that derive from the collective unconscious and as the psychic counterpart of instinct. The interplay between scenes of emotionality address the continuities between the visceral, the psychological, the social and the historical. Each piece is the residue of the act of working toward a semblance of meaning where the vulnerability and endurance of the body continues to hold and reflect these emotional residues.