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September 2010

Statement:

Over the last few years my work has gravitated towards dualities; black vs. white, morbid vs. attractive, detail vs. vacancy. Of most interest to me in the past few years has been the contrast and connection of subjects based in concrete experience to subjects based in abstract ideals (feelings, ideas). I find that increasingly my drawings have situated themselves between abstract and concrete both conceptually and aesthetically.

From duality I have begun gravitating towards a concept of middle ground. More so, I am interested in the process of finding within concrete experiences and things the connection to ideals, emotions, and other abstractions that are spiritually relevant. I am interested in the idea that concrete things have the capacity to  trigger emotional or spiritual response. Certain places, for example, evoke for me nostalgia or comfort. Even a man-made thing can trigger a spiritual response; something such as art. I am attempting to approach this investigation through the concept of “wonder.” The word “wonder” can be defined as a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. Or to say that wonder is a thing that is felt when something outside of ourselves triggers a very inane and significant something within ourself. My current work is an investigation of the capacity to discover spiritual relevance outside of ourselves. This, noting the spiritual relevance available in all things.

On view for the month of September
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
3356 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97214