Archived Paintings, 2014
In this work I am exploring themes about the tension between domesticity and wildness. This subject evolved out of my interest in several abandoned houses I have spotted along country roads in my home state of Virginia, where I had a studio in an old garage.
I was curious about all of the places where the tidiness of our lives comes undone. I was looking to the landscape for metaphor though and drawing my forms from these two or three abandoned houses that were rotting on the side of the road. I returned to the site of these buildings then would paint the forms I could remember. Most of the building's structures were being slowly reclaimed by the lush, regional foliage.
The disintegrating buildings were engulfed in the unrestrained vines and were slowly subsumed. This collision of two discrete worlds, the manufactured and the natural, is the source imagery for this series of abstract paintings. I hoped to express a sense of place as being indeterminate and in constant flux.
Work from this collection resulted in two solo shows:
Being In Love at The Garage, Charlottesville, VA 2014
What Is This Place Radio IQ/WVTF Gallery, Charlottesville, VA 2014
The Painting, Neon Slumbers is also featured on this book by Routledge Press. See link amzn.to/2p8ZYHU