With the ultimate intention to create larger works, I began painting on small pieces of cardboard, originally as maquettes and experiments. As this process developed, these paintings took on a life of their own. The unique surface textures of the material, as well as the inexactness of its edges accentuated the physical presence of the paintings, making them more than simply an image to be read.
As a way to radically change my prior work, which used depiction and specific content to impose a message, I shifted to a process of making small paintings of a meaningless cipher. Initially created together, then repainted, rotated, re-arranged, often multiple times, until I arrive at a composition that “works”, these paintings use color, gesture and composition to evoke multiple and fluid interepretations. Using aspects of sequence, syntax, comparison and association, I’m looking for results that waver between confirming and opposing my own taste.
These are the first in a series of detailed, reality-based abstractions.