OIL ON CANVAS
40 IN. X 44 IN.
BATON ROUGE, LA
I look for territory in abstraction that parallels the pictorial, figurative and the real. I am interested in cycles of rebirth and decay within the body, and its interaction with the Southern landscape and the domestic interior. I look for surfaces that preserve absence; a tangible kind of presence that engages memory, participation, and favors remembering over forgetting.
My work focuses on the tension between the familiarity of the domestic space and the disconcerting strangeness that occurs when a body mass also presents as a void. I create recognizable yet unfamiliar spaces that are evolving, eroding, and incongruous.
I collected a series of photographs of couples for a site specific installation and then transferred the images onto cloth. The process of the transfer and the waters of the flood eroded some of the images. The pictured figures blurred into one another, heightening the ambivalent gestures between the bodies. My most recent series stems from these images and as a result, conglomerate bodies emerge as pattern, masses, and voids occupying enclosed planes of space.
OIL ON CANVAS, 40 IN. X 44 IN., 2016
This painting stems from images I collected of war time couples. My photo transfers were washed out during the flood, transforming the bodies into masses, voids, and pattern—a pattern that accentuates the ambiguous embrace itself