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“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” -Francis Bacon-

Visual art is essentially about facture or making, not cognition. I’m not concerned with answering the obligatory question, “What are you trying to say?” My primary motivation to make is the process of working with my hands to shape the materials and discovering where I’m going when I get there.

It is true that images do have power. They can symbolize, they can be evocative or provocative. When viewing my work one can search beneath the surface to find multiple meanings or layers of meaning. Most of the time my work is simultaneously representational and symbolic. For example, a nude isn’t necessarily just a nude. Naked can mean without protection or defense or plain, stark as in naked truth.

Much of the work is Biblical or mythological but not always obvious at first. One example is the sunbather and robots (Sunbathing Susan, 2010). This picture refers to the story of Susannah and the Elders from the Apocrypha. Some of my influences include antiquities, classical art, religion, astronomy, Surrealism and Pop art. I work with universal themes: birth, death, eternity, transformation and opposites. Sometimes I don’t know what my work is about. It’s a mystery to me.


Left Brain Lapse 2012