The only constant in life is change. We grow old and die, buildings and monuments crumble to dust.
Time goes by and progress marches on, but, as our society evolves are we improving or regressing? As a
global community we have lost our connection with nature in our race to consume. As a result our communities
are overrun with violence, pollution, and cultural and spiritual degradation. My paintings are abstractions
of this concrete jungle. Combinations of yin and yang, nature and technology, the past and the present
painted in the same space.
I look back to ancient man for inspiration, sampling images from places such as Africa, India, Native
America, and China. My appropriation from these cultures is a sensitive one, for me these forms are
metaphors for utopia. The paintings are abstractions of language, nature, urban landscape, technology, and the
media. Compositions are built around a birds eye view of a natural Eden overlapped and encroached upon by forms
that allude to industry and modern man. Form is layered over form hiding the layers below like Graffiti on city walls.
The paintings are large scale oil and acrylic on canvas. The physical act of layering is a metaphor for
history. Images buried in the deepest layers are excavated from anthropology, reformed into my own
subconscious script. It is a script that is fogged over and pushed back into the distance like a memory.
December 2nd, 2008
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