Passages (detail), 30x30, acrylic on canvas, 2011

statement:

Moved by the geometry of the Universe, my work examines the fine balance between order and chaos. Painting with random or chaotic elements in a juxtaposition of organic gestures held by mathematically structured forms, I aim to house imperfection in a conceptual perfection. In that imperfection lies not only the beauty of the Universe, but that of the human condition.

I start with geometry: notions of perfection, that are just notions. Rendered by the human hand, the perfect becomes imperfect.  Order breaks down into chaos, and chaos spontaneously gives rise to order. In an attempt to understand and transcend the chaotic Universe, humans have imposed grids and mathematical formalisms, yet the chaotic Universe refuses to be contained. To me the square speaks to being human, and represents the balance between order and chaos, or more precisely the human attempt to understand and transcend the ever-present chaos, at all levels of scale. For me, the visceral quality of paint can strongly invoke the tension between order and chaos. I look for the point where chaotic energy can paradoxically be still, and at that point invite the possibility of experiencing the sublime. The dance between order and chaos not only is inherent in the structural qualities of the Universe, but also integral to the human psyche. The imposition of order on things which inherently can’t be ordered, speaks to the human condition, and ultimately reveals the underlying beauty of imperfection.