Small Piece of Turf

  • I create large mixed media works on paper that combine drawing and painting, using layers of watercolor, ink, oil, markers, and graphite. I create images of figures and objects that represent my/our relationship to objects and place. I am attracted to the notion of a figure trapped somewhere between the public and the private, the intimate and the spectacle, representation and memory.
    The recent works on paper developed from my observations and experiences of the awkward private moments; that then get turned into spectacle in public spaces. In some of the pieces, I have used the image of a blanket as an object that creates comfort, an intimate landscape, and a barrier between the public sphere and the inner self. The work was influenced by my commutes in Los Angeles, where I see the same people struggle to create a private space to sleep, on a busy sidewalk. I also was impacted by images of the injured from continuing wars and global unrest, wrapped in blankets to protect, comfort, and shield them from public view. Painting the blanket allows me to transform it and to create a liminal space, where the object has the ability to become something else.