Portfolio

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  • To know my work, know that Iknow what I do. Every mark is there for a reason, exactly as it is. I describethe world as I feel it and as I understand it rationally, in broad strokes. Tofind the lexicon of my work, look through the filter of modern painting to thedecorative arts: the fluidity of Art Nouveau, the sleekness of Deco, thegeometry of the Wiener Werkstatte, the deliberate imperfection of Islamic art,and the graphic tempo of Japanese woodblock prints and screens. Ply thatstylistic breadth with the liberty of materiality granted by the AbstractExpressionists. Then take it further, take it off the picture plane. Engage incontemporary explorations of environmental engagement as canvases float free ofthe wall in installations like heraldic banners. Dig back into the sculpturalas paint wraps around the edges of the canvas. Push forward into pictorialunderstanding enabled by digital renderings and repetitions with multiplepanels that dialogue in any configuration.
  • · Sighted – an art “discourse” work playing on the market and the trope that “paintingis dead.”

    Oilon canvas, meathooks, chains
    72"X 24" installed at 120"
    2012

  • · Sacred | Profane – a challenge to myself: my work is verily who I am, yet nothing shouldbe taken so seriously that it becomes unquestionable, untouchable.

    Oilon canvas
    60"X 114" installed
    2012

  • · Ms. Henri Ray Smith – another “discourse” work, an odalisque,based on Matisse, Man, and Kiki respectively.

    Oilon canvas, hanger, cord, and bead
    12”X 24” installed with knot to 6’6”
    2012

  • · My Funny Valentine – in keeping with the current emphasis on “upcycling,” a contemporarytake on consumerism, this work is made primarily from glassless frames given meby a gallery that closed, and reclaimed cardboard; it is titled for the songwritten and performed by too many great artists to list. In the spirit of “payit forward” it was my intention that the original gift become a gift to another,though I have yet to find it a good home. The message, “take me,” assertsitself both in that spirit of generosity, and in the realm of femininesexuality.

    Pencil,gesso, corrugated cardboard, and frame
    19"X 102" X 3" installed
    2012

  • · bi-. – addressing the concept of duality, and a compact example of my typical process, bi-. employs both concept and form: hardand soft line, bright and subdued hues play out symbolically: anima and animus,seasons, moods, and even a narrative - the notion of being “bi-coastal,” which,as a New Yorker, led me to California, the gold rush, and the significant roleof Chinese Americans in that story—and both coasts hotbeds of American culturetoday.

    Oilon canvas
    Amodular diptych
    Variable, each canvas is 12" X 12" X 1.5"
    2012


    Oh look, hey- there's a YouTube to explain that "modular" stuff!
  • · Benglish – another “discourse” piece, playing offthe work of Lynda Benglis.

    Oilon canvas, mica powder, pencil
    66"X 78" X 9" installed
    2012

  • · All the Little Cashews – a response to a contemporary answer to the French café, Jerry Saltz’sfacebook profile; it is informed by nautical signal flags, touches onlinguistic marks and symbols, and plays on countless figures in art historyfrom cave painters, to renaissance masters, through to modern and contemporaryartists of note.

    Oilon canvas, hardware
    Variable- shown at 63 sq ft, up to 70 sq ft
    2011

  • · I – a stain painting with graphic pop, states over and over again, “me,”until the paint built up so fat the layers could be polished; it is formallyrooted in the work of On Kawara.

    Oilon canvas
    36"X 12" X 1.5"
    2011

  • · Desire – an exploration of that fertile aspect of the human psyche; it drawsheavily on cinema on that subject from Hollywood’s golden age, chief among themA Streetcar Named Desire. Like Metropolis and bi-., Desire is a modularwork, worked and intended to create symbolic narrative in every configuration.I began this process inspired by the ease of image manipulation with today’sdigital tools.

    Oilon canvas
    Amodular diptych
    Variable,each canvas is 30" X 60" X 1.5"
    2011 

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  • · Metropolis – which having begun with the concept of the “value” of culture innumeric under-painting, expanded to encompass social values as I witnessed withthe world the unfolding disasters in Japan, and then imploded brutally aroundthe subject of human values as I learned of my friend’s rape in her own home; itis named for the Fritz Lang masterpiece.

    Oilon canvas, mica powder
    Amodular diptych
    Variable,each canvas 36" X 12" X 1.5"
    2011


    And I wouldn't leave you without one last YouTube in adieu.