My work is based on an awareness of material and process that I develop through experimentation and play in the studio. I seek to draw out and elaborate upon the tension between the given and the chosen; both in conceptualization of the work and in the materials I select. Each piece begins from a moment’s attention- something I see, hear or read in the world or a piece of a discarded earlier work in my studio.  From there, I construct the work governed by rules implicit in the chosen materials, choosing to either stay within, bend, or completely break those rules.  I try to keep things simple, leaving room for the viewer to engage in visual, mental play with the work.  As Mel Bochner says, “we have to be careful not to confuse means and ends, to substitute drawing or color relationships [formalism] for the real content of painting [or art], which is its ability to move people.”
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