further yet closer still
the wanderer is not a walker of shapes or outlines,
and his vision unfolds at ground level, as he goes along
Tim Ingold, The Life of Lines, Routledge
The works in further yet closer still are honest in their wandering, each painting marking an encounter with information that I needed to process and translate in order to better understand. Some paintings stay closer to their references, while others are allowed to detour into augmentation and embellishment. The colors in these works range from emotional saturation to restrained precision and starkness.
Borders, fences, and framing devices are repeated motifs in these new paintings, they denote division, proximity, and distance. There is no doubt that we are living in a time of division and very tangible transition. These works are about looking and thinking, bearing witness to environmental and cultural rifts, while trying to move forward.
further yet closer still can refer to the act of wandering, which is also likened to the process of making, when you sometimes need to lose yourself in order to find what you are looking for. The phrase also seems apt to describe the somewhat conflicted state of our social and political environment - from which we will hopefully find our direction forward.