Through the language of oil paint this current series, Elegie and Weary, explores the struggles of interior worlds of the soul, spirit, and mind. I delve into this terrain to grapple with a felt sense of disorientation, dislocation, loss and isolation.
Abstractions of human figures and cityscapes are central in the work. They dissolve and emerge from the surrounding ground, and interact with it. The figures inhabit undefined, unrecognizable spaces that infer internal worlds and intimate moments. Layers of colors and shapes, intertwine with inquiring lines to imply a moment, to suggest a sensibility, to hint mental states.
My work is an inner response to reports and images from war impacted lives and places, as a means to initiate a process of connecting, remembering and holding these tragedies. Through this process the themes of dislocation, disorientation, vulnerability and isolation emerged, mental states that can take hold even in relative safety.
This series consists of densely, mournful cityscapes and landscapes in the Elegie paintings, and intimate resonances in the small Weary paintings.