What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
I am currently investigating an ambiguous, constructed, and animated space that utilizes open, abstracted imagery in order to bypass or delay immediate recognition and access a state of suspended wonder. Central to this is the creation of painting as palimpsest through process, negation, and reinterpretation in the service of exploring the tension between the explicable and inexplicable, whether it be celestial, spiritual, the natural world, or other.
A Studio in Les Batignolles (1870). Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836-1904). Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay.
Les Batignolles was the district where Manet and many of the future Impressionists lived. Fantin-Latour has gathered around Manet, presented as the leader of the school, a number of young artists with innovative ideas: from left to right: Otto Schölderer, a sharp-faced Manet, Auguste Renoir, Zacharie Astruc, Emile Zola, Edmond Maître, Frédéric Bazille, and lastly, Claude Monet.