Much of this work is connected to my personal health issues. Working on these paper plus pieces provides the best medicine for the issues I have encountered.
Fascinated by botanical forms and biological systems, I create drawings/paintings that embraces the fluidity and mysteries of nature, reveling in curves and the interlacing plant or cellular forms. Vascular systems, in natural forms such as leaves and biology, with complex networks of interconnected loops inspire me.
These pieces are investigations into dimensional drawings/paintings using images of leaves, seedpods, insects and human anatomy. Often images are then altered and rebuilt by the weaving process of Mylar and paper. Mylar is cut into strips and woven into a painted paper form. Drawing with brass rod van be added to the work and sewn on. Some parts are pre-determined, others come into play purely by chance. The process is a balance of forethought and the unexpected. Realities merge into something new both literally and figuratively.
The work becomes a fusion of energy and concept. The drawing and I interact until some solution coincides with the intended scheme. This improvisational process of give and take ultimately appears as a work expressing movement and exuberance. My desire is to draw viewers into the mysteries of nature as well as the process, engaging them in discovery.
I got a little tool that makes stripes when filled with acrylic paint- it's really fun. The quick physical process of drawing lines with it offsets the more studied process of weaving cut-out patterns - knots and matrix imagery -into one another.
Photography by Joseph Hyde and John Dean