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Dimensions: 48"H x 48"W
Materials: Mixed Media
I grew up in a small town called Granby in Northern Connecticut. I had two younger siblings whom would join me in building forts and raking trails through the woods of our Connecticut home. We were allowed to play often and provided the time and materials to explore and develop our imagination. We made up games and songs and it were not discouraged. I would gravitate toward creating environments and structures. I loved gadgets, the act of taking something apart to see how it worked or collecting unknown objects. On the weekends we would go on hikes with my dad in McLean’s game refuge or Enders state park to see the waterfalls. We were encouraged to participate in cub scouts, baseball and basketball during our adolescents. My father and I had the special connection within our interest in history. When I was young we would explore turn of the century foundations, metal detect looking for old coins, or tag sale every morning at the ‘crack of dawn’. Some days we would get to walk around at the dump and find treasures to take home and take apart, fix or polish up or build things with. These are some of my fondest memories and play an important role in my current interests and are evident in my art making practice. This artwork is a response to the transition of landscape environment over time. I watched new homes replace forest and fields in my home town. Recently moving to Brooklyn New York I see a ever changing landscape which there is not one square inch of unaltered land. In edition to subject matter these works play with formal ideas that address ways of seeing. I use elements of Paint, photographs i have taken of my environment, photos of paint, and paintings of photos within my work to physical construct the painting and the structure. Since i construct the structure with materials i would say the paintings are not just illusions of structures but rather structures in themselves.