2016, Mixed media, oil paint, on canvas. various sizes. from ten inces across to three feet across.
With Foreigner! I explore and correlate contemporary and historical xenophobia and migration stories. The action of the work involves research, photography and employing mechanisms of abstraction. The material result includes pictures and didactic essays. For each piece to come alive, I must provide the opportunity for readers to interact with the artwork. I, therefore, show or share as publicly as possible to expose the work. The accompanying essays supply topical information to inspire viewer reaction.
Working through the intimacy of my family history punctuates the contemporaneity and personalizes the plight characterizing today's stake in local and international political violence fueled by racist discourses and waves of social amnesia. I work within a framework of actions to overcome resistances between the intimate, the art materials, and the external world.
I open a topic with photographic clues. Then I deepen the narrative by employing metaphor rather than literal storytelling. Authenticity, representation, and presence, in my view, belong to representational art. Mechanisms of abstraction enable me to generate discourse with anything that I am prohibited, or unable to directly access. Thus, I produce work within the genre of allegorical abstraction to convey silence, absence, and contradiction.
Please stay tuned for full image documentation of my thesis exhibition at the Vermont College of Fine Art, January 2016.
Exhibited at Art Basel Miami 2014, This is a Roland Barthes, infused exploration of the relationship between the Photographer, the Subject and the Object, or, the, "Objectification of a Subject." in my words.
loss and hope. absence and presence.
Colorado, USA, 2012-13
The Hungarian Project, 2015, Artist in Residence, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Involves general and personal historical research concerning Jewish and Romani (Gypsy) migration narratives. This body of visual and written productivity accomplished through memory work and visual biography address my experienced and genetic past.
I will spend the month of June 2015 in Hungary as a guest of the Hungarian Multicultural Center doing an International Artists Residency. Part of my family are Hungarian and Russian; and Jewish and perhaps Roma (Gypsy) I believe that my time there will impart visceral information that I cannot learn from reading.
2015: These are combination pieces of abstracted photographs of details of paintings that I created. I printed photographs of the paintings onto canvas and mounted them on metal. The materials and tools of both the locations and the mediums are combined. Except for one thing: no Photoshop work in making the images. These red images look topographical or like the surface of something like skin, or pond scum because they are part of my Underpinnings project where I research personal and genetic history and figure out ways to represent my findings. I finished these after my residency in Budapest, Hungary. Each piece is 18x20", oil pastel, canvas on metal. 2015.
absence and presence
Subject: Personal and historical migration and memory.
Artist in Residence, Hungarian Multicultural Center, 2015
impotence inability to take effective action; helplessness: inability to communicate.