My work is a balance of experience, poetry, and color; situations of place gathering together onto a canvas, ultimately grappling with the idea of a ‘present’ place. My work depicts images of domestic architecture and landscapes, but I am also thinking of the process of interior and exterior situations as a psychological and philosophic investigation. Color, words, mood and emotion infiltrate normal everyday places to make a unique moment. I paint the poetry of place.
Painter Molly Zuckerman-Hartung describes the process of painting as: “The holding together of extremely disparate experiences is the point [of painting]...We are relating parts to a whole… There is a sense of things growing together, much like how the forest operates.” I focus on the moment the composition forms but I also enjoy the experience the outside material, i.e. paint, brings to the imagery. Like the great American landscape painters such as Marsden Hartley, place becomes a ground to worship, a ritual of worship achieved through the act of image making.
Bachelard creates a unique term in his ‘mapping’ theory: topoanalysis, “the systematic study of the sites of our intimate lives” (8). He discusses this term throughout Poetics of Space, from the topoanalysis of home, seashell, nest, vast forest, etc. I am interested in how we spatially orient ourselves and wander through the sites of our lives. Place is a fluid illusion: both general and detailed, permanent and temporary. Painting emerges as material amalgamation of the body’s translations of memory. My work documents how we move in between chaotic architecture and natural vegetation to find great panoramas in the distance. All places-- the home street, the wooded path, the clearing before a valley-- resonate as important places to the map of our lives.