I use figural form and expressionist paint handling to discuss the tension between the internal and external forces that act upon the body. My work stems from reactions to both the beauty and brutality of human experience. By constructing my forms to be deliberately defenseless and exposed, I am painting their nakedness and not their nudity. The limbs and body parts are cobbled together to create an identity, a being, which inevitably will never be whole. The form is unstable and thus the parts are seemingly useless; stagnant and hung like a carcass in an unfamiliar environment. Vulnerability becomes articulated not only by the way in which I touch the paint, but also in its visceral response. The paint is spread, scraped, and bled across the surface. The constant application and excavation of material across the canvas is an indication of time and loss; physical evidence of the experiential wounds the canvas has collected. These experiences leave a stain, a residue; just beneath the surface, just below the skin.
-Heaped and Hanging, 2015, Oil on canvas