being there

(2013-14)

While media images of global events give us the illusion of ‘being there’, painting sidesteps the journalistic urge and explores other possibilities. The works in ‘Being There’ merge fact with fantasy as they draw on found news images for mood and subject matter. Purposefully ambiguous, they stir unexpected associations, partial recognitions, unlikely comparisons, and far-flung projections. By absorbing media images and ‘re-making them’, they exploit our desire to understand events we can’t experience first-hand.

A selection from ‘Being There’ was shown at Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA, October 23-December 13, 2014. Read the review in New American Paintings.