My primary motivation for making art comes from a need to visually reexamine the minutia of our daily lives. My process begins with a specific subject, typically enlarged to extreme close-up, taken from its familiar context, and placed in unexpected surroundings. Through the use of tight cropping and alternating points of view, I focus narrowly on the visual elements of line, form, texture and space that shape each subject. Though rendered literally, my aim is to shift focus from a given object’s anticipated qualities and integrate them into an abstracted picture plane. I continue to be fascinated by the ways in which disparate subjects and surfaces interact with one another, and I look for a visual connection or narrative between images in a given piece and across a complete series of work.
Though the source material for these drawings is very real, my intention is to observe what happens to the images during a process of exploration and manipulation. I find myself taking a closer look at familiar objects, always discovering something I hadn’t noticed before. The interplay of dissimilar textures like the smooth, slick, machined surface of an eyeglass lens as it produces refracted lines on the sagging, undulating skin behind it or the polished steel of a tea spoon nestled among autumn leaves, helps create an inexhaustible vocabulary of visual relationships.
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