Through the Parallax

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Through the Parallax

Informed by religion and mythology, these paintings speak to the complexity of the human condition. Starting in the fanciful and idealized world of the mind, each is a cautionary tale of love and power. Yet, the paint is created from something that can be held in my hands. To begin a composition, I start with scissors, clipping fragments, composing from snippets of several hundred pictures scattered about me on the floor. What is created is a prototype collage of layered scraps with cut edges. Some are photographs of me while others are cut up illustrations from art history. Looking at this collage, a painting is executed in a trompe l'oeil manner showing the multiple layers with cut edges which suggest the complexity of individual's psychologies their masks and their hidden secrets.

By studying with art conservators and looking at the old masters, I choose to revitalize the archaic traditions of both traditional oil painting oil, and egg tempera. As an artist and subject in my work, I consider myself to be the steward and ax man to art's legacy by cutting and serving up the reinvigorated past to be contemplated in context of the contemporary.