There is a specific moment when we believe an illusion or become seduced by something outside of ourselves. When this happens, we are not looking at something, but looking at ourselves perceiving it.
By challenging traditional modes of representation and exploiting optics of value and color, I hope the viewer will call into question the generic way a painting is received.
To critique passive spectatorship and draw attention to this dynamic mode of viewing, I use layered imagery, selectively choosing what is opaque and decipherable and what is transparent and ambiguous. I exploit visual tools, including negatives, highly saturated color notes, and diffused lighting adjacent to suffused lighting in order to create reflexive vision in the viewer. By utilizing stratagems of perception and displaying a dramatic dynamic between the subject and the space it occupies, I seek to create an active corporeal viewing experience.
Ultimately I want to set up a curious visual experience for the viewer where they can actively engage in reflexive looking.