For the last decade, my work has explored themes of identity, memory, death and place, and has been centered around questions of contemplation, the expression of emotion, the transformative power and the emotional resonance of particular experiences and what Max Beckmann described as “the deepest feeling about the mystery of being.”
I work in a variety of media, employing either that which seems appropriate to both subject matter and intention, or materials I may find curious or inspiring. Regardless of subject matter or media, within each work is contained its own emotionally charged atmosphere and each work seems to have both specific and nebulous meaning. The viewer is given hints and suggestions about these meanings but the ultimate analysis and interpretation is dependent upon the viewer's own experiences. As I am also a writer, there is often a literary element to my work, either through explicit or implicit inspiration, or, as in some newer works, through the direct representation of text.
In the last year and a half I have noticed that something seems amiss in the zeitgeist, and I have found my work moving in a more socio-political direction. My most recent work has been focused on exploring the mood of uncertainty and disquiet that has seemingly overtaken the world. Partially inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, who wrote in 1929’s Buchmandel: “Something had gone irrecoverably wrong; he was broken; the blood-red comet of the war had burst into the remote, calm atmosphere of his bookish world,” and seven weeks spent in Berlin during the summer of 2015, my newest works are centered around several themes: the fear of the other, terror, the unknown, the stranger; overheard phrases and the search for and ambiguity of meaning; and the deep emotional resonance and power of the desire for connection and a sense of belonging amidst the cacophony of modern life.