Artist Statement, on Falling Under:
The paintings in Falling Under explore facets of the human condition: our desires, doubts, fears, and our tumultuous path to self-discovery and self-love. In this series, I explore the root of these desires and doubts and examine the underlying levers of identity, particularly those that are controlled by the subconscious and ignited while dreaming.
Vivid dreams pervade my reality; the line between them is thin and fluid, often leaving me in a state of bewilderment and emotional limbo. On a quest to find clarity in this dream-induced reality, I use paint and canvas to visually map out the subconscious. The subjects of my paintings become a mirror; by learning about their dreams, fears and desires I am better able to dissect and understand my own.
Photography and digital manipulation play a key role in my compositional method. During an interview, my subjects share the storyline and impact of a life-altering dream and then I immediately take photographs as they meditate on these themes. While listening to the recorded interview, I digitally collage and restructure the portraits in Photoshop and use this composition as my painting reference. I explore movement and texture within figurative painting by mixing technical realism and broad, painterly strokes. The repetition of broken, displaced shapes mimics the chaos and confusion of a dream and the vulnerable gaze of my subjects represents a confrontation with the unknown.