January 2 – 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 2, 5-8pm
These works explore the dynamic and permeable boundaries between human, bird, and animal worlds (and objects). Characters in the paintings attempt to gain strength or passage to other ways of being through transforming into birds and animals, acquiring heightened sensual- and self-awareness. Though these transformations are not always pretty, complete, or controllable, they are empowering, even if just in the attempt.
My inspiration often comes from time spent leading archaeological field crews in remote areas of Alaska, Idaho, and throughout the West. These experiences place me in wilderness areas for extended periods of time, often working collaboratively with members of Native communities. The small crews within which I work foster immense freedom as we break down social and behavioral barriers, and construct our own looser moralities. Crew members are free to experiment with and practice new ways of self-expression, while shedding artificial or imposed aspects of their personalities.
The archaeological world is a layering of time, of cultures, of changing environments. The paintings similarly depict durations of time, multiple perspectives, and continuous change.
These works are a tribute to those (humans and animals) who inspire in us the courage to tap into a more feral, more creative, freer, and more authentically human state of being.