New Work: Inversion
By combining the image of the human figure with different types of visual manipulations, I investigate how intimately the figure and the ground can be intertwined. For the purpose of conceptually exploring the human existence and its surroundings, I manipulate the figure-ground organization. I immerse the human being into an environment using inovative techniques and demonstrate how the human figure participates with the background or another object.
My investigation of a figure-ground inversion in painting brings together traditional painting methods with a contemporary approach to show the tensions between focus and ground, object and subject, humanity and nature. Our connection as viewers and humans with the face of the figure is what gives the work more of a relatable and empathetic human touch.
The historical influences that impact my work involve both traditional and contemporary painters. Each painter I draw from has certain elements that intrigue me. In particular, three artists that influence my artwork are John Singer Sargent, Wayne Thiebaud, and Chuck Close. Remaining in dialogue with art historical influences are important to me because it gives me a context to exist within and sets a standard of excellence for me to meet.