Lush representations of nature were the central focus of my paintings for some time. Now my interest lies in current environmental issues, their effect on our landscape and natural resources, and how we perceive the changes in the environment. To reflect this concept more directly, my newest paintings’ subjects and surfaces are less ornate and simplified, and the surfaces are split apart, with laser-cut forms that mimic tree branches. This creates a physicality and metaphorical sound like the poetic violence of an iceberg cracking. As we become even more aware of the precarious nature of our habitat, the new work speaks to the vulnerability of the earth that we so easily take for granted.
The cut-edge paintings are made on ¼-inch panels. I design the patterns on the computer and then have the panels professionally laser-cut. Back in the studio, I layer the panels on top of one another, sometimes cutting them up and making smaller panels, to create one whole painting. When the surface format is complete, I begin the painting process. The cut edges, layered panels, and shadows expand the subject matter of the paintings by creating a formal chaos made beautiful.
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