ARTIST’S STATEMENT

 

1
I paint directly on my skin, which I then photograph and print out digitally.  The final images exist as digital prints on cotton rag paper.

2
For years, I've been investigating gesture in painting and this implicates my whole body.  The imagery plays on illusions of control – about our bodies and also about art. I started this work more than twenty years ago as a way to find myself, literally, within the language of abstraction and reshape it based on my own experience.

3
I use the camera to record evidence of movement, which I think about in relation to gesture.  It’s all part of my continuing attempt to locate myself within shifting contexts.

4
That sense of dislocation and change is perhaps why my work is a hybrid form, one that combines painting, photography and performance. Painting and photography set up different expectations.  I look for the ambiguities in each.

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What is the figure we’re seeing? Is it the body, the movement or the paint?  What is the frame of reference?  Where am I in the mix?