I investigate different approaches to represent the physical constructions in urban environments, reflecting the passing of time and both containing and shaping human behavior. I use painting and printmaking to explore different avenues in representing movement and energy on a two-dimensional plane working to create a dialogue between my mark-making and the structures that make up these dense cityscapes, transit systems, and anatomy. In collaboration with representational layers and abstract gestures of paint and ink, I enlist my love for music to inform the pace of the works and the rhythm of the city portrayed. As I listen to the sounds of the city, I find that each view plays a different tune.
Music serves as one of my most profound influences when it comes to how I choose to apply media to the canvas. In particular, instrumental jazz, drum and bass, and hip hop beats aid me in organizing layers of observations as two-dimensional studies. As I observe the city's movement and patterns, I am continually building a composition both musically and visually. I was first introduced to painting by the form of graffiti. It was then when I began using music and sound to render visual expression and lyrical gestures of paint. To this day, I continue to harness the same energy and employ music to instruct and direct my observations.
Studying the structural intricacies of buildings and the NYC subway is also a profound way to study human relationships and behavior. Beneath the concrete lies another city, saturated with peculiarities of people that make it something of its own. I pay close attention while observing passengers in this intimate setting, and I see the ways our physical and digital worlds harmonize. People become shut off from others, yet; they find themselves close to one another, bodies pressed against each other, and strangers embrace. I am fascinated at how the full spectrum of humanity and our habits become apparent within the tunnels. The train allows me to learn about the people I am surrounded by — fleeting glances move between passengers, all at once we are in our own world and then part of something more substantial. What results on the canvas is an archive of observations gathered over time, brimming with contradictions of intimacy and separateness of people, fueled by the frantic energy of the urban environment.
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