Figurative Collages and Drawings
I am attracted to the characteristics of individual parts that, together, build something recognizable. In art, this might be a combination of lines, brushstrokes, or pixels. In relationships, this could be a gesture, an expression, or a touch. Using often abstract, but intimately human sections of old figure studies, these works are inspired by the layers of emotion and convoluted memories that define relationships and personal identity.
These paintings, drawings and collages are rooted in my fundamental passion for figurative art, but demonstrate a new, time-oriented process for me. Upon revisiting old figure studies, I am captivated by sections of dynamic line-work and movement used to render the form. By removing sections from their original context, and rearranging parts, I begin to give these elements of previous drawings new meaning. Working in layers of mixed media, I allow myself to add more in places or take away; transforming the identity of each piece or revealing glimpses of what used to be. The resulting artwork parallels the human condition: a hash of new and old, figurative and abstract, deliberate decisions and unintentional ones.
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