Another World Inside the Walls recalls a fantasy world to which I would dream of escaping through the wall of my bedroom when I was a child. I wanted to evoke both the landscape as well as the emotional dream-like quality. A large grasshopper in the second panel invites looking for images and their juxtaposition. Throughout I’ve included images of Alice and the Caterpillar, famous of his “Who are you?” question, a series of 19th century European houses, a farmer woman holding back a cow in Julien Dupre’s painting In The Pasture, as well various passages from books regarding childhood, emotional development, and the role of imagination.
The style here reflects my research at the time into the work of Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning. Despite the strength of the influences, this was one of first paintings where I truly and deeply felt involved and invested in the process.
48 in by 80 in, acrylic and mixed media on masonite, 2012.
Inspired by a visit from Tibetan Buddhist Monks, we had an assignment in Painting III to paint our own mandala. I had difficulty with this project, because I didn’t like the idea of arranging icons or painting a clean design. However, i did enjoy designing the structure with a compass. The whole design is based on circles; I used the intersections of these circles as points to draw the lines. I then went over each section multiple times building up layers of drips, which allowed me to feel like the highly structured painting had a human element.
In Painting III, we were tasked with creating a painting inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus. In addition to the fall of Icarus as a consequence of his pride and arrogance, I also wanted to approach the idea that Icarus was really very small in greater scheme of things. Not only was he small, but so was his plight.
One of my first uses of an acrylic gel transfer, Position Set in Motion was created during the Mixed Media course at Brevard College. Two benefits of gel transfer over direct collage are that it is transparent and that it allows the imagery to be warped. In this piece, phrases have been separated from each other by the distortion, like snippets of memory: “books of poetry”, “for us to feel”, and “doing more than brushing the surface.” A 1970s photograph of a mother speaking to her daughter in a kitchen is the clearest image, which has been transferred on top of brush marks and then itself further painted over. Empty lines, like ruled notebook paper, fill the area were text is notably absent.
12 in by 9 in, acrylic, paint, and gel transfer on canvas board, 2011.
Guillaume de Machaut is one of my absolute favorite composers. He was a composer of religious and secular pieces of polyphonic music in the 14th Century. Along with Josquin de Prez of the 15th century, Machaut was really the start of my interest in medieval culture. The modern day recordings we have of Machaut’s music are so wonderfully textural and beautiful that they are a frequent choice while I am painting. I wanted to produce a work in tribute of Machaut and this is it. I really don’t feel that it does the subject justice, so I plan to produce more in the future.
15¾ in by 12 in, acrylic and polymer gel transfer on wood panel, 2011.