In my work, I explore the ill-defined spaces of the urban landscape: hard and opaque, neither deep nor wide, the homogenous infrastructure of humanity. I am fascinated by the language of spatial relationships and by the overlap of architectural form and structure with the psychology of the human environment.
My paintings on panel echo the unadorned modernist architectural aesthetic of straight edges and no trim. Beginning with photographic source material, I extract elements of the built environment that become geometric abstractions: spaces between buildings, grids of windows, exterior piping and fire escapes all manifest themselves in my paintings.
The work is meticulously built of many layers of wax and pastel, each layer creating depth and dimensionality. By cutting into earlier layers and fusing subsequent layers, my process parallels the continual excavation and renovation of the urban landscape.
To amplify the original architectural referents, I create integrated installations, incorporating both the completed panels and the interior architecture of the space that surrounds the work. The individual panels may or may not refer to the architectural exterior of the immediate environment in which they are shown, but the final installation always responds to the physical presence and phenomenology of the architecture and space of the site. Large-scale site-specific wall drawings directly embrace the panels, extending their compositional framework and pigmented surfaces, and engage the architecture of the surrounding space, responding to flooring, corners, staircases and windows.
I incorporate the exhibition environment into an ongoing phenomenological discourse of space and the urban landscape that focuses on our subjective experience of architecture as positive and negative space as well as exterior and interior space.