In collaboration with analog video synthesis technology, I generate glitched images to explore optical anomalies through the slow, obsessive process of traditional painting. I source images from VHS tapes, visual refuse from the bottom of the technology totem, that wouldn’t otherwise be resurrected. Utilizing a variety of paint application techniques I blur and distort to imply distance, the passage of time, and the movement of light to reference the screen and its evolution beginning with the television. I construct a series of limitations within these techniques in order to produce chance encounters and handmade glitches.
My work speaks to the Modernist concept of the active::passive audience. Painting lends itself to a passive viewing experience. It takes our gaze and allows us to jump in without fighting back optically. I disrupt the passive gaze using repetition and color to construct a powerful, visceral response to painting that both repels and hypnotizes without consent, demanding a continued engagement between the body and the eyes, much like the technologies we rely on today.
Our existence as we know it is tethered between this limitless magic of the Internet in our pockets and our lived reality in the natural world. We are never alone, always entertained, connected, liked, followed, and watched. People prefer text messages to real life interactions. I am interested in these dissociative properties of the screen and its abilities to launch us into a zombie-like trance or a state of hypnosis. It is this immersive experience I aim to capture in painting.
University of Tennessee
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2012
San Francisco Art Institute
Master of Fine Arts, 2017