I am overwhelmed by, repulsed by and curiously drawn to the deluge of information engulfing our society. The speed at which information is created, replaced or outdated staggers my mind. We have created words like infoxication and infobesity and data smog to define the phenomenon of being overwhelmed by the exhilarating, intoxicating yet infectious state of habitual information overload. And though much of the information morass is digital, we are inescapably surrounded by tactile information, albeit much of it in various states of deterioration. So much discarded information surrounds us that we no longer notice it for its intended purpose.
I find my inspiration in those deteriorating layers of tactile information, both in form and substance. I seek to excavate, capture and recreate those discoveries in my work. I am constantly exploring how I can interact, both physically and emotionally, with those layers through the creation of multimedia paintings and artworks. My process is both additive and subtractive as I am frequently building layers and then aggressively scraping them away to discover small, unexpected nuggets of truth.
Some of my work, like those in the Eroded Messages series, is the direct result of that excavation process. I frequently rely on the encaustic medium because it, like no other medium, can provoke and capture the history of the artist’s simultaneous desire to build and obliterate layers of information. My early work in encaustic has encouraged me to attempt similar feats with more traditional mediums, such as oil and acrylic, as well as constantly looking for color and texture from tactile forms of information including law books, pharmacy papers, diaries, and ledgers.
In other work, like those in the Found Messages series, I strive to create new forms from the remnants of these discarded bits of information. These works, while extremely tedious, give me the opportunity to create dimensionality and build an entirely new structure where none previously existed. I enjoy the juxtaposition of creating a multi-dimensional piece with something as familiar and one-dimensional as book pages.