The Landformed series explores the way we adopt a landscape or atmosphere as part of our identity, and the concept of belonging as the basis for healthy relationship to the world. My abstract works are meant to generate the sensation of welcome immersion in a familiar space. Echoing the evolution of the landscape that frequently inspires them, the relationships between visible layers in my works become evidence of the process of their creation. Each work on its own and the collection of habitats as a whole represent a map back to moments of expansive stillness within the landscape and a record of the space and strata experienced in those moments.
The Strata collection uses fragments of paintings to capture the many histories that exist in an environment. Layers of atmosphere and experience exist before we enter an environment, and we bring our own layers with us. In these works, the dynamic interaction of previously unrelated marks creates a new painted environment.
Faced with the question of whether creation is inherently worth the time, I spent the end of 2021 accruing experimental paintings on my studio table as a method of recordkeeping. Confronting the capitalistic assessments of time that could devalue these exploratory works, I collected the paintings into thickly stacked ‘pay periods’ and began to excavate their surfaces to examine the worth of time taken collectively. These new constructions continue each individual painting’s investigation into accrued history in a more direct way, as I physically stack the evidence of my productivity to create them.