I work in the artist’s shadow time; the place where presence is felt rather than seen, where thoughts refer to elements that are twilight in nature, and that are conveyed through kinetic markings. Marks are layered with other marks as in an ancient parchment that has been re-used and written over. Like a veil, there is always something partially revealed and partially hidden.
When I work I like to think about the universe in an animistic sense that encompasses all of the natural world including ancestors, animals, plants, insects, elements, and the life forces connecting all of these. The known and unknown, named and unnamed become actors in a phantasmagoric realm. My current work has evolved over time to become more ethereal and ambiguous but it is still rooted in my initial experience of nature as elemental and primary.
Some of the painting over the recent cold winter originated from a view of the Palisades and the Hudson river, across from my home and studio. The landscape literally presents the strata and sedimentary layers of earth but also reminds me of time and the subterranean and subconscious aspects of existence. The cold and frozen earth and water seemed to call for a more glacial surface so I started to incorporate damar into the oil medium to achieve something of that feeling of melding together.
If I remain aware of time passing moment by moment and allow for a stream of consciousness, the process becomes a liberation from the everyday and the rules of others, while also evoking the feeling of stepping off a precipice into an unknown territory.
Oils on linen