39 x 50 acrylic on paper
The images in my work are an attempt to define a mythos: figural embodiments that might serve as useful metaphors for understanding the complexity of experience, both personal and shared. I can explain the meaning of some images, and others arrive unbidden and remain unknown. The images are like remembered fragments of dreams: despite the lack of a complete narrative context they present a distillation of significance. A story is born from these fragments, not vice versa. However they are understood, I look for the moment in working with them when their emotional impact is unassailable The figures in the work, and the works themselves, exhibit varying degrees of distress. The pictures are like healed scars - they bear evidence of a wounding trial. Why do I need to see these figures, and why do I think someone should want to see them? Each successive work is an effort to answer this question.