Waves and Roots of Home, Sight Specific Installation at Freeport Recreation Center, 2020 Created from pieces of dismantled “successful” paintings, recycled “failed” paintings and trimmings of still existing paintings.
 Waves and Roots of Home, Sight Specific Installation at Freeport Recreation Center, 2020
 Waves and Roots of Home, Sight Specific Installation at Freeport Recreation Center, 2020
 Waves and Roots of Home, Sight Specific Installation at Freeport Recreation Center, 2020

Commissioned by The Long Island Arts Council 
On view at the Freeport Recreation Center
through 2020

This project was generously funded by the PT Faculty Professional Development Grant, administered by the Office of Research at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).


I collect rocks and water from every place I have ever been to remember the experience. I grew up in Suffolk county and have been investing the in-between space of representation and abstraction in nature and in ourselves. Growing up on Long Island, I loved/needed to escape the repetitive subdivisions and strip malls for variation in the landscape. Whether it was seeking out the micro-environments on the shores or savoring road trips with my family, this became the foundation of all my art-making.  By connecting visuals in our landscape to human experience, I play with the overlaps in our understanding of time, patterns, divergence, and associative reflection. 
 
This installation is created from pieces of dismantled ‘successful’ paintings, recycled ‘failed’ paintings, and trimmings of still existing paintings. Such assemblages are fantasies come to life: tokens of the natural world, deconstructed, reformatted, and presented in an entirely new and intuitive perspective. I strive to evoke the vibrancy and wonder of being in and of the world simultaneously.
 
I transform the flattened 2-dimensional contours of my drawings and paintings into figural objects that are equally familiar and disorienting. The work features fantastical, amorphous figures that take inspiration from the natural world.My fluid linework and vibrant color palette evoke flowers, fallen tree boughs, insects, and underwater crustacean. The assemblages blur the figurative boundary between the imaginative and the organic world.