Scratching the Surface


Through techniques that emphasize contact with the surface, I explore the first hand experience of visual perception, especially the threshold between seeing and recognizing. In looking, we seek out the familiar and search for patterns. But before we recognize a thing, we are sometimes at a holding point, a place of mystery or ambiguity. I attempt to reveal that place.


I use strong, tactile methods and mediums, like deep charcoals on heavily textured surfaces. I let the surface media push back to constrain and even define the image. That first aspect of perception which is about discovery often involves touch. When we are in dark or unknown territory, we have to feel our way.


Perception is rooted in the physical nature of being present. I think the way this relates to the tension between abstract and representational expression makes for an interesting subject.