Wandering and Wondering: Painting the Nature of Spatial Experience. Paintings from my graduate studies at Lesley University College of Art and Design. 2011-2013.
Through collage, I facilitated visual conversations between photographic morsels, inventing visual and mythical relationships and juxtaposing disparate elements to depict place in a cinematic way. Collages became source material for paintings that described the nature of spatial experience rather than providing one fixed scenic glimpse. Derived from both the floating perspective of traditional Chinese landscape and from contemporary approaches to collage, curious arrangements of spaces and color invite the eye to wander through a montage of unexpected passages and to explore its peculiar depth. Alongside moments of painterly distortion, traces of recognizable imagery incite curiosity, forge a path between abstraction and representation, and blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy. Pockets of depth are intermingled with areas of bulk and structure. Organic elements merge with architectural forms. Exterior and interior spaces coalesce. Abstract linear elements anchor, suspend, guide, and support. The pause and flow of painterly gesture perpetuates the viewer’s journey.