The earth's surface is a restless jigsaw of abutting, diverging, and colliding slabs of land. Just beneath, volcanic energy constantly threatens to erupt, forming fractures and craters, or giving rise to mountains. These natural forces inspire my work.
I use thick layers of oil, pulled from previously painted canvases, to create new forms. Below the visible surface, paint continues to stratify and evolve, changes that can only be known once freed from the canvas. Juxtaposing chance and choice, I reveal the layers once hidden from view and integrate the newly exposed paint into fragmented topographies that carry with them a history of the paintings that preceded them.
The resulting works speak to both destruction and synthesis, suggesting a momentary stasis and transitory revelation. I am interested in uncertainty; in states of being that may be less permanent than they appear, and the readjustments that occur in response to forces outside of our control.
by Dave Barton, OC Weekly, July 18, 2019
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