A major moment for me in 2016 was when I consciously decided not to have to justify the decisions I make as an artist and, most importantly, not have to fully understand them myself before moving forward. I realized that if I am drawn to a particular icon or image the decision has been informed by a lifetime of experience and that that gut feeling is more trustworthy than my conscious efforts. Most of the time I will start working with imagery and be well into a painting, if not done and onto the next, until I start to understand the “why’s” of the thing. I think it’s because the work I make is about asking questions and not making statements. Having realized this, it has become more and more important to trust my intuition and almost work backwards in this way. •
The three major elements/icons that have dominated my work this year have been inflatables, the airbrush and the Self-Heimlich illustration. At the beginning of the year these three all seemed very unrelated up until about 4 weeks ago when I realized the common thread, and it hit me like a ton of bricks: air. The inflatables are all held up by it, the paint on my canvases has been propelled by it, and the figure in the first aid illustration needs it. It’s the substance we all share and can’t live without. •
Levantado, Parado, Aplomado. Vinyl inflatables and Astroturf. 72”x14”x36"
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