Artist Statement

 

 

"My work pursues ideas of authenticity and feigned sincerity.

 

Borrowing tropes from Western Art History I try to distort them in a way which reveals contradictions existing between newer and older systems of understanding, with the goal of revealing something about why we think the way we do.

 

More recently, my pictures play with analogous elements existing between older, more gothic styles and newer, more modern ones. The smaller architectural pieces are explorations into this realm and anticipate future work.   

 

Over the past few years, I have been increasingly interested in structures: these basic relationships which underlie our perceptions. Understanding the structures at work plays a large role in how I realize my work, both visually and conceptually. Locke gives the following as an example of a category mistake, but I want to use it because it reveals something about how these 'structures' might mislead us in language:

 

 

"I think I understand what crimson is," said the blind man.

"It is like the blaring of a trumpet."

 

 

On the one hand, we have to concede that if he had always been blind, there is no way he could possibly grasp the experience of actually seeing crimson. At the same time, Locke has chosen his example precisely because of its uncertainty. We get a strong sense that the blind man isn’t wrong and that he really does understand crimson. I think this is so curious. 

 

Why do we feel like this?

 

 

I believe there is something here worth paying attention to and it might offer a good starting point for viewing my paintings."

 

-2018