PAINTING + MIXED MEDIA
My interest in painting lies in the place where the natural landscape and the man-made environment meet. I like to look at the patterns that the two environments make, especially in contrast with each other – the rounder and more varied shapes of the natural landscape against the more rigid and regular features of the man made landscape.
Paper cutting is an ancient art form in both Eastern and Western traditions. My cut paper pieces began as wood block prints. I carved a number of small blocks depicting doorways, staircases, railings, windows, and rooftop dormers which I combined to “build” houses that approximated actual buildings or more fanciful structures. I used these wood block prints as patterns for the cut paper pieces. Before I could cut, however, I had to connect various shapes so that the cut piece would hold together. This gave me an opportunity to abstract the images somewhat, simplifying some shapes and consolidating others. Adding a second layer of cut paper created more depth to the image, but also allowed me to introduce more fanciful elements like invented latticework or arabesques. Working with white paper, sandwiching cut layers between plexiglass, and offsetting one layer a bit from the one underneath helped to suggest rather than describe the architecture.