“When a golden blob ascends to meet her, she doesn’t move to meet it. But she doesn’t flee either. The sweetness she smells and its gentle movements are soothing and non-threatening. When it communicates with her, asking question after question, she hesitates.  It doesn’t take long for her apprehension to shift to delight. What good questions it asks.  She tells it exactly what she wants.” –Nnedi Okorafor, Lagoon I created the work in this series drawing from the apprehension and wonder I feel when swimming in the open water and the curiosity I have about unfamiliar life-forms.  I arrived at the title The Unprepared EyeRead More →

Project Narrative: A dream is a fertile beginning point for an artist because it so quickly dissolves if not documented. Dreams are the kernels of stories and the underpinnings of my paintings. My dreams, as with my earliest childhood memories, remain with me as color and texture impressions.  Even when I’m not able to name the characters projected upon my subconscious I can clearly recall the lighting, the time of day, the surface and a sense of the atmosphere. Each work in this series begins with the dream memory in the form of a color field—in my case an expanse of similar colors that depict anRead More →

To organize the greens, To gather the browns, To give names to the sticks. To witness the departing moisture And the membrane that cradles each droplet. To welcome the presence of cracks and mold, To escape from the city Into the refuge of a leafy arc. When I think about a forest refuge, I consider the comfort but also the sensation of being removed from my normal surrounding and how necessary this removal is.  The work in To Fortify the Forest is a deliberate visual escape.  In the bizarre botanical world, I imagine a post-human swamp wrapped in ferns, I witness ladybug infestations and IRead More →

stria |ˈstrīə| noun (pl. striae |ˈstrī-ē| ) Technical a linear mark, slight ridge, or groove on a surface, often one of a number of similar parallel features. Anatomical any of a number of longitudinal collections of nerve fibers in the brain. Writing about this body of work keeps bringing up a memory of the eerie hills of Badlands National Park in South Dakota. It’s been 15 years since I saw those striped and cross-contoured hills  and their image still fuels my work. I was fascinated by the bands of color that wrap around the outcroppings, that seem to simultaneously swell up from and erode into the earth.Read More →

Forging Ritual To be a maker of art objects at a time when our visual media are increasingly presented in virtual forms, without a tangible body; in a place where artists are becoming increasingly more cramped for space; I am more careful and mindful each time I use my creativity to bring another object into the world. “What purpose will this artwork serve in my life, and what purpose do I want it to serve for my viewer?” These are the types of questions I ask myself as I construct my cut paper pieces. In this body of work, the choice to make paintings inRead More →

Project Statement This group of cut paper paintings is inspired by a short-story titled “Cruciger” by Erin Cashier. In this story, a massive and autonomous ship named Duxa voyages to a liquid planet inhabited by beings that communicate with glyphs on the surface of their skeleton-free bodies. Duxa arrives programmed with the task of refashioning this liquid world to ready it for human life. Duxa explores the native beings by treating them as play things as she experiments with them until they expire. However, after learning the creature’s glyph language, she communicates with them and becomes aware how complex they are and that her experimentsRead More →

Addison Street Window Gallery Curated by Demetri Broxton Addison Street Windows Gallery Price List February 22 to April 9, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22nd 3-5 pm 2018 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704 Work is on view 24/7 from Addison Street, right across the street from Berkeley Rep! http://calendar.insidebayarea.com/berkeley/events/art-opening-/E0-001-066478233-8 RSVP for the opening and tell me what you think of the show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445402749010716/ Project Statement: In these paintings, the intimate path-side vista is the source material for my construction of a fictional landscape. When gallivanting through the forest, head down to avoid catching my foot on a protruding rock, the miniature organic habitatRead More →

My end of the year studio rituals this year have consisted of shifting piles around, reconfiguring tables, photographing artwork and gearing up for new projects. One strategy I’ve found increasingly useful in my studio practice is taking a day to archive the past year’s artwork as a means for planning what’s next.  I discovered while photographing work to be archived on my website that my cut paper pieces look way more textured and rich when I photograph them with side lighting (early morning or late afternoon sun).  I spent several hours today re-photographing my series from this year, and I really think it makes aRead More →

Examining the Early Waters  30 x four inch by six inch poplar panels. Cut paper, acrylic, colored pencil and pen. In these small cut paper works, done over the course of 30 days, I pondered the early eons of life on our planet.  When that legendary primordial mixture went from being nonliving chemicals to living.  I started to think that what if humanity were someday charged with the task of kickstarting life on another planet, or our own?  In these cut paper works on panel, diaphanous and tentative forms are cradled, pinched, incised and examined by someone unseen.  Mechanical instruments jut in from outside theRead More →