MFA ’22 Fine Arts 2D
Quiet presence, living room couch and birthday cake
People, visible and invisible, are in my work. They are sitting, reading, thinking, doing their own things or have just left the room. They are there in person and in spirit. I paint the quiet presence of people. The quietness of the exterior allows me to hear the voice inside.
Size matters. I like my figures larger than life or very small. A five feet seated figure would tower if standing up. Small ones you could hold in your hands. Sometimes, I invert the colors of an image for cinematic effect. I keep traces of earlier marks and corrections there to convey the sense of time. I leave some areas unresolved for mystery and give viewers room for further thoughts.
Ever since the pandemic, my living room couch has taken center stage. School and home are the center of my world, thus center of my work. Currently, I am fascinated with birthday cakes, bathtubs, school uniforms, hats, shoes, and toes. Birthday cakes in particular make frequent appearances not only for their associations with both celebration and passing of time, but also for their “wishful” power. Best wishes all around.