In prior work, I changed my approach to painting as a way to remove the dictates of narrative and specific content, focusing on qualities in tension that were both visual and cognitive. Looking purely for arrangements of color, gesture and surface, cardboard arose as an interesting and readily available material.
Emigrating to Ireland from Northern California in 2017 included getting rid of most of our possessions, storing some, and mailing the remaining essentials to our new home. All of that happened in cardboard boxes.
Faced with those now empty, flattened boxes, I found myself thinking about what significance this material had both to my experience and that of other people in movement. Color became a way to reflect my sense of upheaval and transformation. Arrangements were now inspired by, though not tethered to, recollection and contemplation.
What was an effort to scramble the process of creation is now a part of making a new logic from chaos.