My concerns lie with nonrational spaces, with architectural structures free from gravity and reality that unground and destabilize us. I try to create surreal worlds in my paintings and in my installations. By shifting the ground plane and creating a nonsensical structural reality, we are forced to traverse through a conceptual space that is abstractly two-dimensional and representationally three-dimensional.
Generated from memories of a childhood treehouse, I construct spaces similarly and metaphorically based on three levels. Below us the "earth" grounds us, nurtures life and supports structures ranging from the hut to the skyscraper. Beyond the tangible, the "metaphysical" exists in our mind and embodies the imaginary, spiritual, future and unknown. In between these two levels, the “environment” is the narrow slice that humanity inhabits visually and physically. It ranges from the grass under our feet to the sky above and represents reality.
Unexplored territories, seemingly beyond our reach, draw us in and ask us how we can chart a course from our present viewpoint to a future we choose. Obstacles hinder while also creating paths that guide us toward an unknown. In my paintings, I offer a deep space and consistently undermine it with the use of two-dimensional shapes and the flatness of the canvas. Conversely my installations, built in actual space, utilize perspectival lines and the flatness of the wall. Light sources and shifting shadows constantly change the environment and accentuate the divide between real and false spaces. Travel between reality and the metaphysical then becomes a visual and mental journey.