My work continues to investigate the relationship between painting and
Recently, I have been exploring painting as a reductive process, removing
information from the photographic (photocopied) image. I melt and wipe away
extraneous bits of photographic information, until the final image is a distillation of what
I consider to be the essence of this transitional landscape. In these works the act of
painting is used to control and alter the photographic image, and by extension, the
landscape depicted within it. These images are transformed into a new reality
existing between both disciplines.
My work focuses on the architecture and landscape of the transitional area
between urban and rural settings. In both series, “Passenger” and “Glimpse”, the
works were created and viewed from the vantage point of a passenger driving through
city perimeters. The transition, dislocation and isolation experienced driving through
this sprawling landscape is used in these works as a metaphor for change and
resulting broader feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.
Concurrent with this body of work, I continue to create a series of small (5” x 10”)
painted “snapshot” studies. These quick studies are derived from my catalogue of
images, that form the elements of my larger pieces. By juxtaposing these very
different working methods I hope to further expand and question the relationship
between photographic and painted imagery.
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