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Tomorrow's Cracker, 2020




The title 'Tomorrow's Cracker' plays on the ever-present, often just-out-of-reach nourishment through visual meaning that drives the explorations I make in the studio. The forms in this drawing vivify heaviness and its opposite as the veiled and fluttering wing-like shapes try to launch the more solid red form in its black cap. ‘Tomorrow's Cracker’ comes from a long series of gouache works on paper. These works, ranging in size from 9x12 to 50x50 inches, originate in sculpture. I use gouache to work with color and form, which in turn becomes a twinned language of figuration and abstraction. Figuration can draw abstraction alongside like a wake, and through them both I navigate the erotic nature of space in drawing. I push a sense of the figure deeply into abstraction, tying them together and pushing them apart. As I do so, looking becomes a matter of culling out a form, one that inspires physical empathy and curiosity. I work with color and layers of white within a spectrum of veiling and opacity, erasure and solid volume. There are aqueous shapes that stand alone or butt up against each other, drowned in white. They are my way of mobilizing and rallying, rousing and convening a steadfast interest in the palpable yet hard to parse relationship between the body and space. I build space through and among the forms in my drawings as a way of charging the work with questions: What is the unsettled nature of physical and psychic presence? Can I assemble, with color and pencil lead, the ways we are separate from what surrounds us, and the ways we are crucially enmeshed. To experience a broader context of my images and other bodies of work, read further at the link under ‘Learn More’ on this page.

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Gouache on paper | Drawing


25.00 x 36.00 x 1.00 in | 63.50 x 91.44 x 2.54 cm

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