Hearts and Bones
2016 – current
Originally inspired by imagery from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the characters within my paintings are freeing themselves of the flesh. They unravel and rewrite themselves from the skeleton out, revealing their skin-deep fragility. The act of removing one’s flesh is a daily struggle for all of us. We strive to be reborn; to rewrite our daily burden. These characters show strength by embracing that vulnerability.
I have found this subject matter to be an incredible means for exploration. Contrasting skeletal man to man in the flesh creates unique conditions for technical exploration. I rewrite anatomy, as the characters do, for the sake of the compositions. Soft and graphic qualities of flesh and bone are at play among vibrant color. Layering and over-painting further demonstrate the complexity of our humanity. These visual elements combine with the deeply human subject matter to create a powerful body of work.