"All of my work, whether abstract
or figurative has a narrative content.
During the past several years my interest has shifted more to the relationship
between people and, most recently, issues of gender and identity. Besides
life-affirming gestures such as eating, drinking, dancing, singing, loving
and being loved, approaching each day with a sense of adventure is a way
to embrace life. One can seek adventure by traveling to distant lands,
pursuing scientific exploration or engaging in military action. Artistic
creation that too, can lead to remarkable experiences in previously unexplored
places. This quest occasionally leads to misadventures and those, too,
can have their moments of humor, fond memories and valuable lessons to
The drawings, which I began in the nineties, contain a similar element
of discovery and surprise. I control the pencil but have no pre-conceived
notion about what I will draw. The images begin to emerge from my unconscious
as though they were channeled from afar. These often depict relationships
and inner conflicts as well as the passage of time.
The paintings sometimes have a surrealistic aspect but they deliberately
reflect memory or thoughts about the relationship between men and women.
They are painted in acrylic with individuals culled from various books
and magazines incorporated as collage elements.
I'm using the photographic
images to explore issues touched on in the paintings and also to depict
the relationship of male and female that exists within an individual.
The settings are often stylized to create an atmosphere that, like the
issues themselves, is slightly askew, seemingly real but not quite real,
quietly humorous and often fraught with mishap and misstep. A central
question, which lead to this body of work, is: "Why would one chose
to experience the world and themselves through the eyes of the opposite
gender?" Perhaps it is partly because this, too, opens up the possibility
of insight, experience, adventure and artistic discovery."