BIOGRAPHY - STATEMENT

 

I learned to paint and draw at a young age and since then I’ve wanted to transpose what I’ve learned onto many other forms of creativity, as once you master one you can apply to others. The dramaturgy of art in all its various aspects is what I most like to explore.

Painting is a performance, so much so that I often face a kind of stage fright when I begin. I draw directly on the canvas, I have no need for digital templates or stencils. All my paintings are made by my hand. I am the sole performer. Each painting is built on a series of layers that I wipe away as I search for more complexity. Likewise I move in a circular way from one media discipline to another, with each passing rotation growing richer.

I like to create multi-faceted projects that inspire a form of active looking that reaches others through experiences they can participate in and also expand. I am always seeking collaborations between disciplines, between artists and audience members, and my impulse is to direct all the moving parts as one would direct a film.

A ballet dancer once described to me the practice of painting and dance as similar – they have to be practiced every day. I don't think of art as an object, rather as a motion in process that reflects a way of looking at the world. I see art as a form of communication, moderated through the non-verbal language of looking, noticing differences, and constantly refining.  It is a discipline after all, time-based with a beginning and an end.  It earns a right to exist in reality, just like any performance.

I came of age artistically in the streets of New York. Historical influences are the Fluxus Movement, the New York Picture Generation, Abstract Expressionism of the 50's, and the vibrant scene of the East Village in the last years of the 80's, embodied by Basquiat.