I am an Architect by training and an Artist by calling.
Holding two degrees in Architecture I once worked in the offices of Richard Meier and Philip Johnson and knew to be one of many architects who are closet artists. I also knew that I had to eventually come out of that closet.
After inching my way back into Art, Printmaking has become my focus since 2006. It turned out to be a congenial way of creating art for me given my professional background. Not unlike Architecture, Printmaking is a combination of creative flow and process. It requires a more structured, sequenced way of thinking in layers, shapes and colors - inverse, reverse, straight forward, layered, top down, bottom up. It involves the excitement of engaging all kinds of natural and man-made matter.
Making a mark matters. Mark and matter will take me places - hence the choice of ‘kbmatter' as my artist logo.
I work with a fair amount of ‘found matter’ in a kind of ‘upcycling’ of sorts, mixing and matching it with my own designs and fabrications; tapping into my architectural model-making, photography and computer skills. All my artwork is hand pulled on an etching press.
There is a neverending array of materials waiting to be transformed going through the printing press. All of it making an impression and holding in there somewhere a story to be told.
There is nothing like making that mark and seeing where it takes you, finding the hidden inside and bringing it forth. Often, while working, it seems to me as if it is not me who is making the art, it is the art making itself through me.
Unlike Architecture making Art is about the maker and the medium and their intrinsic dialogue. I look forward to finding many more stories to tell.
Master of Science, 1989
Master of Architecture, 1986