Artist Statement Submitted 2019
My work mines the in-between spaces in the diminishing wildernesses of southern wetlands, chasing captured moments in the life cycles of forests, marshes and estuaries and illuminating transition and transformation in a dissolving world. I work from imagery based on my own photographic explorations, from which abstracted drawings are rendered and then transferred onto a substrate of sewn-together fragments of discarded paper bags. Layers of gouache are laid over the terrain of the paper, conveying atmosphere and a recollection of the story of these spaces. This process of making and unmaking multiplies in materiality and image, mirroring the natural and geological processes that inform my work. My paintings offer a visual back and forth, echoing wild spaces as ever-shifting repositories for impermanence, disintegration and the inevitability of change.
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