My work explores how our concept of landscape has changed through technology. The horizon traditionally defined our relationship to the world; now with our expanding perspective, we feel a kinship with microscopic images and aerial views of planets. Vestiges of built environments, architecture, or even graphic design and remnants of popular culture have been added to our visual language and create for us a sense of place. In this context, I consider myself a landscape painter.
Included in this application is the project "we are all cosmic dust.” These paintings were created as a meditation on passageways, life transitions, and the constancy of matter. I am fascinated by the fact that our bodies are quite literally comprised of recycled matter from the stars. We are reshuffled molecules. I am constantly surprised by the complexity of our planet and how human activities have impacted it over time. Throughout this year of research and travel my creative practice focused on the universal and personal process of experiencing presence through absence - a struggle to know a thing from the hole it has left behind after it is gone.
The paintings in this exhibition were initially created through gravity and evaporation. I work with water media on polymer paper, allowing the pools of water and pigment to settle and form images over time. I am interested in painting as a method of creating an image that references other substances or realities, but also paint being (or becoming) a thing within itself. Most recently I have gravitated to the juxtaposition of luminous, transparent areas and opaque, flat surfaces to create a sense of space and room to be.