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Work

We are creatures of habit and build our traditions, like fingerprints, to tell our stories
Creating an experience of how we look, search and explore
Like a crossword puzzle without correct answers
With answers that really tell about the viewer
With explanations looking for a better question or more beautiful clue.
We create worlds in which to participate with all that is becoming.
Samples of my work as An Astronaut with Roots or rather An Artist in Residence at BNIM.

Passages. In the summer of 2009, I left Kansas City to live in Asia(Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Thailand) for a year. These paintings started in Kathmandu. A few weeks into the series, I found my visa about to expire and packed my bags, strapped them to my mountain bike and took the long way into India. A year and a half later, while in residency at BNIM, I found the series of half finished paintings that had not seen the light of day since I first packed them and so I set on the journey again to revisit and contemplate the passages between time, experience and culture.



मुटु Mystery over Mastery(Intuition) 2011, 8”x6.25”  acrylic on canvas, framed 

परिबार  Topography of Changing Perspectives (Generation) 2011, 8”x6.25”  acrylic on canvas, framed

खस्नु Typhoon of All Relationship(Gravitation) 2011, 8”x6.25”  acrylic on canvas, framed 
 
Re:Construction While in staying in Bangalore, India in the spring of 2010 at JAAGA I exhibited 10 of the pieces and later finished the entire series of 36 while at BNIM.

Untitled 28 2010, 11.5”x16.5” acrylic on paper, unframed 

Untitled 19  2010, 11.5”x16.5” acrylic on paper, unframed 
 
Untitled 2  2010, 11.5”x16.5” acrylic on paper, unframed
 
Riding the lines. In 2011,I spent two weeks doing portraits on Etch-A-Sketch in the subways of New York. The performance’s emphasis was the medium’s fragility, novelty, and play while referencing the cultural mechanisms of distraction, alienation and disconnection. The work aimed to be a subtle catalyst of surprise, interaction, and childlike curiosity within the closed doors and lives of the daily commute.



Etch-A-Sketch Documentation from the “Riding the Lines” performance on the NYC Subway

Wholes. the relational cosmology of being
This series of double-sided paintings express the human journey of boundaries, limitations of view, and the creative act of putting memory and imagination together in a process. Every beginning is a leap of faith. Turbulence leads towards transformation if there is willingness to learn and respond. The layers emerge by reference and intuition. History and experience can be transparent insight or opaque cover up. As horizons and possibilities are explored, a parallel and seemingly opposing side is developing in tandem. The whole is never in sight, rather it is held relationally in a delicate balancing act.

Construction/Deconstruction: Recollecting imagination,
16” diameter, 2010 acrylic on paper stretched on a maple drum shell, double sided


Anima/Animus: Unforeseen properties of loveʼs labor,
26” diameter, 2010 acrylic on paper stretched on a maple drum shell, double sided




Part/Whole: Appearance and reality are uncertainly principled,
28” diameter, 2010 acrylic on paper stretched on a maple drum shell, double sided






Peel & Stick Originals 2011, 3.5” diameter acrylic on sticker paper
(cropped from the “waste” of the wholes series)

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