“Betwixt & Between” is best described as a liminal state, a midway position, neither one thing nor the other which is filled with ambiguities and contradictions. The works in this exhibition occupy this middle ground and challenges the historical conceptions of what defines painting.
Architecture, along with perspective and color, has long been a theme in my work. During the past year, however, I became frustrated with the limits of traditional painting to fully explore these ideas. I found myself re-examining my previous work, discovering that if I took and reconfigured my primary themes, it would lead in promising new directions. This new direction has lead me to be in direct dialogue with the contemporary concerns in the direction of painting in the expanded field. This exhibition represents an ambitious expansion of these concerns, which includes large freestanding paintings that act as objects, sculpture, collage, installation, decoration and are functional in the architecture of the exhibition space. The viewers' expectations of painting will also be challenged as they enter the gallery space through an archway-like “threshold” intended to accentuate the relationships between themselves, the paintings and architectural space.
My experiences traveling and living abroad for extended periods of time, and in particular the feeling of marginalization, have profoundly affected my concepts of place, site adaptation and identity, and my decision making process. The general compositions of these paintings, which often reference architecture, domestic settings or sections of interior spaces, draw upon these memories, as do the materials I use.
Each work in this exhibition does not function autonomously as most paintings do, but are dependent on the relationships with and between each other to bring completeness and resolution. In the end this exhibition will raise more questions than it will answer. And with each successive re-installation, the relationships, potential meanings and characteristics of each work will change.