When people think of a journey they think generally of adventure and change. While I think of these things, I also think of a sense of place. My art expresses my thoughts about space as a place or a state of mind.
In my work the dialogue between shapes and colors invites viewers to make it their own experience. Typically the images are inspired by something concrete, such as a landscape, and become abstractions addressing formal issues of composition. They are manipulations of patterns, spatial relationships, and colors. The shapes and colors I use convey a feeling rather than represent a specific object or place. Recently I have been working on a series of images using circles to represent life - the intersection of lives and the concept of balance.
Technically, the work involves relief printing, monoprinting, and collagraphy. Using the different processes, I am able to explore creating different images from the same plates. I print the plates in different orders and orientations to make altered states of an image. Working in this manner reflects my thought process; it is a stream of consciousness that links my disparate ideas about place in a logical way. Thinking of the prints as individual thoughts allows me to experiment with intuitive and intentional decisions.
Much of the evolution of my ideas relies on the process. Being in the studio and making decisions while printing is important to the work and the flow of the images. In that way making the artwork becomes a journey in and of itself.