Work > Identity 2015

Her
acrylic on panel
24 x 24
2015
Expiration Dates
acrylic on board (diptych)
12 x 24
2015
Imminent Sorrows
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
Afterwards
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
Between Two
acrylic on panel
24 x 24
2015
Aging (Poorly)
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
Eulogy for a Perfect Family
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
Personification
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
The Bed Jacket
acrylic on panel
24 x 24
2015
Who Am I Called to Be
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
Before
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
Compare/Contrast
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
I Can't Get You Close Enough
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015
Seeing to Their Needs
acrylic on panel
24 x 24
2015
Preparing for the Resurrection
acrylic on panel
24 x 24
2015
Avoiding Catastrophes
acrylic on panel
12 x 12
2015

Photographic images are often used as a jumping off point for artists. In this series of paintings, a new body of work for me, the photographic image becomes much more than a reference. I have a direct genetic and emotional connectivity to the subject in the reference image as well as, in most cases, the photographer.

There are also the circumstances surrounding the image; the timing, the location, the aspects of my personal memory relative to the context in which the image was recorded.

My own story and work is shaped by the loss of my mother at a young age. The images reveal tangible evidence that my mother was at one time present. Some create the illusion of perfection which, of course, does not exist. Others give the viewer hints of brokenness.

I explore the voids; the catch-22 of narrative imagery, that leave one seeking additional information, much like the unfinished conversations that we would like to complete with loved ones no longer with us. The images illustrate shared experiences, a family photo before church, children beneath a Christmas tree, a family sharing a meal, allowing the viewer to imagine a connection to their own stories.