Everything can be broken down into smaller, often-invisible parts. From monolithic architecture to the atoms that make up all living things, everything is made of modules. In nature, systems of organization regulate modules by locating them within an ideal logic. My paintings emulate natural systems of organization by manipulating modules and creating organizational systems.
There are many strategies I employ when devising painting systems, but no matter how they are carried out, the system itself is the work of art. Paintings and sculptures are the just the visual output. Likening myself to a machine at the mercy of the systems I create aids the creation process. With that mindset, I am less concerned with perfection. A real machine is not cognizant of its performance; it simply executes the task at hand. However, a machine’s perfection is inherent whereas my perfection is based on skill and sometimes luck. After implementing a system once, I am “programmed” to complete the process again. I have a general idea of a system’s outcome and can repeat or duplicate almost every painting, although not with exact precision.
Math and science play a large role in my research and inspiration for creating new works. Although mostly focusing on painting, I also make sculpture, time-based, and performative work and use a wide range of materials. My practice is influenced by string theory and parallel dimension theory. I am devoted to exploiting systematic painting by way of systematic disruptions through portraiture, manipulation of paraxial imaging properties, and shaped surfaces.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2009
Illinois State University
Master of Fine Arts, 2014