SUNY New Paltz, 2005, BFA
My paintings are based on contradiction: they are simultaneously erotic and sterile, stiff and fluid, analytic and absurd, representational and abstract, actual and artificial. My most recent body of work examines a voyeur culture preoccupied with sex, body image, drama and the lives of others. The faux-finishing, decorative painting and trompe l’oeil techniques I use encourage a self-conscious artifice that allows objects and spaces to both embrace and resist their inherent lack of dimension. I am also influenced by 1980s commercial illustration: illustration that maintains a departure from perceived reality while giving the impression that it is mimicking tangible things and places. Like a set on daytime or reality TV, pornography or a commercial, my paintings allude to, yet are removed from, the “real world”. My work and its source material imply an understanding of reality, but waive recognition in favor of spectacle.