My work is inspired by light - the way it refracts in the wind on the surface of the Hudson, or is absorbed by the shadow of a building, or slices through venetian blinds. Observations of light in relation to objects and spaces are a pool from which I draw to create colors, atmospheres and surfaces in my abstract work. Landscapes condense into shapes of color for me: when I look at a mountain across the river I see it's blue shadow as a separate solid, a discrete entity. I will try to precisely determine what that color is, it's density, it's timbre and how I would make and evoke this expression of light and mass. In her reflections on light in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard writes:
"I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam. The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff"
The idea of putting oneself in the path of light - for a moment dissolving ego and self and becoming the thing that you are observing is a quality of porousness. In a time when our visual and sensual experiences are too often limited and flattened by screen engagement and when our planet is at risk of being destroyed by climate change - this kind of immersive experience is important to me.
The surface and color in these works is made by pouring layers of tinted polymer on panels. The poured polymer mimics nature: a layer of paint hardens like ice or mud - it's thickness and viscosity impacting how the surface dries. The drawing in the paintings: collected areas of paint, cracks and coagulations, is the result of a delicate and flexible relationship between control and accident. I assemble the poured panels into horizontal or vertical sequences to create a narrative of color, space and light. The surfaces range from dull to glossy - either absorbing or reflecting the light, existing always in relationship to the light in the room or the position of the viewer. In this way the work relates to Light and Space artists such as James Turell and Robert Irwin, both artists whose work inspires me.