Pressure, heat, and time are some of the conditions that shape earth’s metamorphic minerals, and they are the conditions that guide the development of my compositions. I excavate pressure, heat, and time out of the context of mineralogy and translate them into the formal language of painting. Pressure becomes the illusory depth in the pictorial space. Heat becomes a property of color, and time measures the gradual accumulation of paint on the surface.
The layers of imagery for each of my paintings come from documentation of growth patterns of actual mineral specimens, the mining processes used to extract them, and the myriad ways in which we might encounter the minerals in daily life. The disparate imagery within each painting refers to aspects of the same specimen, but a new element is formed by their conglomeration.