My work explores the visual recollections and impressions of memory attempting to break down the narrative to a more refined and skeletal state, these images are not so much stories as junctures. Hopefully, they hum with the intent of a story, but contrary to the rules of storytelling, I have tried to let go of the narrative controls.
Travel continues to influence my work, as a metaphor for escape in its various forms, both mental and physical. Other concepts of home and shelter, fear and isolation are recurring themes. Humor and irony creep in as well. The visual vocabulary suggests sets of binaries; local versus global, innocence versus conspiracy and tranquility versus anxiety.
The work entails a variety of printing processes on handmade paper. Transfer pulp printing, screen printing, and wax resist techniques exploit the materials and surfaces inherent in the media. The tactility and the transparency of the process reinforces the themes I employ –the visible layers of printing mirroring the layers of meaning that the images evoke. I continue to work with handmade paper, as I find its inherent richness and tactility matches the phenomenon of memory, with its own vivid and textural impressions. Some works reference book formats yet are fragmented to represent a moment in time instead of a continuum.
As in a museum, where one sees artifacts that, pieced together suggest and reveal information, these works are similarly evocative. They are part of a personal archeology of time and place, summoning up a history.
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