The paintings are influenced by documentary photography found in museum/auction catalogues and archeological sites. The surfaces carry the record of the many stages the paintings go through and follow a tradition of burying and applying elements in order to activate their potential. The image exists somewhere between the excavated surface and the added elements. This is an attempt to deal with the intangible through physical and ordered means.
These particular images though inspired by African, Mayan, Middle Eastern, Greek Archaic masks, figures, and archeological sites are distilled elements. They do not directly reference any specific culture. They appeal as a record or evidence of the way a society or culture tries to make sense of the human experience through art and ritual. The record of this attempt, the art objects, the sites, is common to all societies past and present. All human societies in one way or another manifest art and architecture; we all share this basic need.
Photo by Mark Tucker.