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Systems

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Every place around the world that is visible to us fits within a system. In my work I use elements of landscape and architecture as starting points in the project of mapping space. I see all the components of the external world installed together like a three-dimensional puzzle. In analyzing the world, I am trying to simplify it into its essential parts and then re-complicate it through formal and material choices in my work. I take inputs from the natural world and transform them into a new fragmented surface of abstract shapes, textures, and mysterious breaks in perspectives.

I intend for a viewer to sense the presence of the landscape in my work, but to be thrown off by the abnormalities. I want my paintings to sustain interest over a long period, slowly revealing the small-scale worlds and multiple perspectives that exist within the structure of the whole painting. These elements of mystery are intended to keep the viewer caught in a state of questioning: what kind of space is this? What is happening within this environment? Approaching the work, the audience hovers between the familiar and the otherworldly. What is viewed or interpreted is an experience within itself and can be determined by the audience every time these paintings are studied.

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