I am an artist living and working in the Toronto area. I completed my B.F.A at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, and my M.F.A. degree at Concordia University in Montreal. I lived in Tokyo Japan where I became familiar with Japanese printmaking techniques through my contact with the internationally famous Adachi Institute and its associated print studio. The Adachi Institute is one of the last true Japanese Hanga print shops. It has worked with many international artists, such as Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Yayoi Kusama. Although I never interacted with the studio in any formal way, the kind and generous Nakayama family shared many opportunities for me to broaden my love and understanding of Japanese printmaking practices.
Although my formal training is in printmaking, my work for the past ten years has been in low-relief carving and most recently in acrylic painting. I push the flat quality of the 2D surface, twisting the surface space inside-out through the use of colour, texture, and form. I like to explore the literal and illusory depth of the picture plane. When I work with a flat surface I feel a strong compulsion to fill it up.
Automatic and compulsive in nature, my work deals with the subconscious narratives we all have running in the backs of our heads. I pull images and words from my immediate surroundings and let the story work itself out on the page. The work flows from the intent of the moment in a dialogue between my inner voice and the world. In each piece, I try to follow instinct, letting it wander. At first the marks and imagery seem random. As the work progresses, I begin to compulsively return to whatever internal dialogue the work has brought to mind.
I know a work is finished when it has achieved a dynamic emotional balance between imagery, colour, and texture. Text and imagery within the work create a static moment, like a snapshot of the flow of consciousness inside the mind. There is a clear overall mesh between the formal elements and the internal voice. The flip and overlap of the imagery mirrors my own process of sorting through conscious and subliminal information.
Painting – Acrylic