I use drawing to examine my physical and cultural environment and explore issues of identity and interpersonal dynamics. For me, figurative drawing acts as a magnifying glass, enhancing what is concrete while attempting to capture something intangible. I often combine drawing with writing to talk about the poetics of a space or a gesture (and occasionally just to rant).
Some of these drawings are casual observations, while others are profoundly therapeutic exercises. Created with a mirror, my self-portraits are introspective examinations, usually in response to conflict or uncertainty. The charcoal Wartime series came from my visceral reaction to the War on Terror.
Figurative drawing is a way of mining the beauty in the ordinary. It forces you to examine the contours and shadows of a form, and suddenly the light on a chair becomes transcendent.
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