YOU WERE HERE (2017)
“Obos” is a Japanese term for a pile of rocks on top of one another. The obos merely says, “I was here.” A balanced, obvious rock pile, the obos is the creation of human hands. Also, if it is knocked down or desecrated, it is easily rebuilt. It serves as a symbolic sanctuary, a place of refuge and contemplation, a hideout, a shrine, a place of new direction.
The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and its principles acknowledge that objects and experiences are most beautiful when they evoke a feeling of spiritual longing. These paintings also strive to offer simultaneously, a place of visual shelter and excitement.
As much as my paintings seek to embody colourfield foundations and to straddle the ineffable sensations of weightiness and weightlessness, they're also concerned with tactile materiality and surface illusions. The flatness of saturated void spaces and their edges are meticulously created freehand -- without digital or mechanical aids: no straight edge, projection, resist or tape are used.
"Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire." (Matsuo Basho)