The corporeal nature of sculpture draws me to a three dimensional practice. The ethereal nature of drawing, painting, photography, and video pull the opposite direction. This work explores these mediums, juxtaposes them, and merges them into hybrid forms. The impetus comes from personal experience and engages the viewer in the historical, the cultural, the philosophical, and the visceral.
In recent work are impressions left by the objects I encountered working in art conservation. The most significant of which are encaustic Faiyum mummy portraits. I was drawn to the inherent beauty of encaustic and its ability to endure ageing, preserving the myriad colors and patterns applied in its making. Recent works, Lemon, Guitar, and Avatar, were made using encaustic. The material and some of the procedure is ancient and the process is unconventional, with surfaces like the patterns found in nature or seen in abstract painting. The colors are bright, like the city of Los Angeles where I then lived.
Polychrome encaustic sculptures merge abstract painting with object-making, intimate objects and drawings stem from life and are imbued with opaque personal meaning. Through the care of their making, these works give life to fleeting concepts of time, place, thought, and feeling.