With my last series including lightbulbs, there is an encapsulation of color, concept, and co-existence of nature and man. Noting my family’s heritage as fisherman, my own interest in hand tying flies, and the impact man has on bodies of water, I have transformed these thoughts into a painting medium.
The combination of the rawness of color encapsulating a euphoric sliver of netting and hues signify that relationship between man and water. Although we look at water, the way it reflects what is in the water, and the reflection of the sky all take place in these strikes of color staging.
The painting form of the lightbulb concept helps us think about our relationship with water and what we actually do (or don’t do) as a society to preserve this precious resource.
As for the title of this series Space Is Only Noise That You Can See, the work explores various landscapes and their identities. I wanted to create something that is inviting out of a material that encloses its subject, like connecting the net to the fishing lures where the lines are beautiful objects that bends itself to rate a physical attraction to the piece i.e. people holding and manipulating the lightbulbs to see the lures on display.
The melting does the same from a 2-D visual stance and leaves room for the reverberation of colors to interact with the viewer. The noise of the space within the painting signifies the music of nature that lures you in but the net pattern catches you from fulling delving into the work.
These paintings also offer a different perspective on how we view landscapes. If you give the idea of the land having identity you begin to treat the land better. You bond with it because you view it like an intelligent being verses an animal or just the space you inhabit.