Fabric Folds

A painting can be understood as a two-dimensional membrane where the painter internalizes the external physical world and externalizes the interior subconscious world. The membrane where this internalization/externalization of the world meets is a ‘skin’, or the painted surface.

In a similar way, my recent paintings allude to the flat dimension of fabric as it touches and clothes the body, and is the membrane separating the world external to the body and the internal body concealed underneath.

Perception of dimension and differentiation between the physical and the emotional is lost in this closeness, visual clarity is blurred, and presence becomes understood through the fragmented play of fabric, colour, fold. The presence of the body is perceived through abstraction and loss of dimensionality. While the physical body is present, at the same time it is absent.

 

An unexpected love between turquoise and scarlet, oil paint on board, 40” x 30”, 2019.

An unexpected love between turquoise and scarlet, oil paint on board, 40” x 30”, 2019.

The world through turquoise glasses, oil paint on board, 40” x 30”, 2019.

The world through turquoise glasses, oil paint on board, 40” x 30”, 2019.

So close that red becomes purple, white becomes green, oil paint on board, 60” x 40”, 2019.

So close that red becomes purple, white becomes green, oil paint on board, 60” x 40”, 2019.

The orange pin-striped shirt, oil paint on board, 60” x 40”, 2019.

The orange pin-striped shirt, oil paint on board, 60” x 40”, 2019.

A lazy summer afternoon, on a beach in Saint-Malo, oil paint on board, 40” x 30”, 2019.

A lazy summer afternoon, on a beach in Saint-Malo, oil paint on board, 40” x 30”, 2019.

A scarf with many lives, or, summer is over but spring is coming, oil paint on board, 40” x 30”, 2019.

A scarf with many lives, or, summer is over but spring is coming, oil paint on board, 40” x 30”, 2019.

Sphinx, oil paint on board, 48” x 48”, 2019.

Sphinx, oil paint on board, 48” x 48”, 2019.

A fantasy of running away, oil paint on board, 12” x 16”, 2019.

A fantasy of running away, oil paint on board, 12” x 16”, 2019.

Macbeth, oil paint on board, 30” x 40”, 2019.

Macbeth, oil paint on board, 30” x 40”, 2019.

Baby sphinx, oil paint on board, 12” x 12”, 2019.

Baby sphinx, oil paint on board, 12” x 12”, 2019.

To not paint oneself grey on grey, oil paint on board, 20” x 24”, 2019.

To not paint oneself grey on grey, oil paint on board, 20” x 24”, 2019.

The infinite wandering of a restless mind, oil paint on board, 36” x 48”, 2019.

The infinite wandering of a restless mind, oil paint on board, 36” x 48”, 2019.

A place where time is silent and birds do headstands, oil paint on board, 24” x 30”, 2019.

A place where time is silent and birds do headstands, oil paint on board, 24” x 30”, 2019.

Floating around somewhere else, oil paint on board, 24” x 30”, 2019.

Floating around somewhere else, oil paint on board, 24” x 30”, 2019.

A labyrinth of memories, oil paint on board, 24” x 30”, 2019.

A labyrinth of memories, oil paint on board, 24” x 30”, 2019.

The infinite folds between matter and soul, oil paint on board, 20” x 24”, 2019.

The infinite folds between matter and soul, oil paint on board, 20” x 24”, 2019.