Certain Dark Things #78
acrylic on canvas
84 x 72 inches


My paintings are about protection. I’m interested in the varying degrees to which we reveal or conceal ourselves to each other. I think about what its like to be in a body and how at times it can have great presence and strength and at other times feel fragile and vulnerable. I imagine the vessels in my work to be massive safe spaces to protect or conceal, as well as monuments to cultivate presence, strength and meditation. They reference poetry, heads, microphones and armor.  Architectural strategies like scale and repetition are employed alongside painting tactics that emulate stone, cement, metal and bark. Embedded within the materiality of the work are themes of weight, self-protection, desire and truth.