background in dance and psychology as well as visual arts, I am
compelled to view these paintings as organic, moving pictures that
spring from the scientific idea of chaos. The work comprises itself
of a series of random interactions and gestures, with no
preconceived idea of what should exist on the canvas beforehand.
Like trying to understand the subtle movements that create ripples
in a lake, shifting sand or fierce thunderstorms, I am interested in
how applied movement and gesture influences the creation of my work;
how exploration of new and culturally distinct movement will impact
the emotionality and gestures of my painting; or perhaps, to simply
discover the implied movement inherent in the work on an unconscious
level – the movement as filtered through my life experiences.
My work in wax begins with a gesture, which is then preserved under
a layer of wax. Working in the moment, layers of wax are built up
with time and subtracted with heat, fusing wax to paper or canvas.
In the fusing process, portions become transparent and new lines may
appear as the wax moves with the influence of heat. Or, the wax may
obscure the drawing with its opacity. Graphite powder in rubbed into
some pieces, which continues the obstruction of the original
drawing. Throughout the process the painting is a dance – a reaction
or non-reaction to the line and movement organically created by the
materials. The simple interaction of gravity and gesture, reaction
and non-reaction creates the image. I am intrigued by how kinetic
the work can appear in one moment and quiet the next - as if the
physical energy has been quieted in the process of being created.