For the past five years, I have set aside my practice as a figurative oil painter to explore alternative materials and mark-making processes. I have co-opted utilitarian products from hardware and industrial fabric stores in order to develop new vernaculars in my painting repertoire. These items are mass-produced for maintenance work and not intended to draw attention to themselves. They play a functionally supportive role and almost always operate in the background. These paintings, however, bring them to the center of the viewer’s gaze.
I work intuitively to allow the materials to dictate my direction. I look for visual rhymes (correlations in texture, color, pattern, or luminosity) between disparate materials and pair them together. Subtle painterly variations direct the flow of the work. Compositional choices are made in order to emphasize dialogues between substrate and surface.
As a mom who’s taken on the role of managing the household and caring for my daughter, I am doing a lot of maintenance work that layers into the background-unseen. My art practice is the inverse of my daily life.