MA ’08 Art Education
My paintings explore ambiguity and ambivalence, among other things, including my relationship with the grid. I crave the order it provides and am seduced by its endless suggestions of permutations and possibilities. Simultaneously, though, the grid restricts, constricts, is punitive, and severe. This is also true for the structures the grid generates; the comfort and order of pattern is at the same time oppressive and dictatorial. Perhaps this is true of most structures, whether physical (houses, castles) or social (home, religion, identity). The walls we construct, or that are imposed on us, offer protection from without while imprisoning us within.