This series of paintings were created over the course of several months. Using a variety of materials, including fluid acrylics and finish, applied using brush, airbrush, sandpaper and masking tape, and also incorporating embedded materials such as synthetic hair and thread, all on a plywood ground. I slowly build layer over layer, seamlessly integrating these visual elements into a unified composition with a high degree of depth and transparency. Organic shapes, line work, illusionistic space, and hard edges all interact in complex, fluid and colorful arrangements.
Working with fluid materials, I’m able to remove any evidence of my mark-making in the work – there are no brushstrokes or evidence of three-dimensionality in the embedded materials. Using acrylic finish to seal in layers, I can build a deep composition that marks space as well as time.
Coming into painting from a background in photography and in digital design, I think in terms of layers and distance. Like constructing a piece of artwork using digital imaging software, working in discrete, indelible layers allows me to operate in a “revert to save” sort of mindset. It allows me to create layers that, once in place, can be built on, and either sealed or discarded. I don’t make a plan when beginning the work. Instead, my process is to build these layers and compositions sometimes very quickly, and sometimes over the course of months.
Once the painting is complete, the viewer can see these layers in relation to one another, as if looking into a deep field. With the evidence of labor and mark-making absent, there is a sense of that timeline being skewered, as if it’s unclear whether the piece was constructed in rapid succession or over long periods of time. Between this unclear timeline and this depth of field, the viewer is left to consider how the formal elements in the painting relate to one another. Partially this is curiosity about the process, and partially this is consideration of how “layers” – that most ubiquitous of digital manipulation techniques – inform how we view the material world.