My paintings are an expression of the interaction of the body and mind in the midst of experiencing a chronic illness. The paintings explore the ways in which physical aliment connects both emotional and mental space for those living with a long-term illness. I use abstraction to tap into the psychological dynamics associated with the body, specifically a body affected by epilepsy. Having a life-long illness means constantly facing the unknown and dealing with a loss of control. Abstraction offers an effective means of conveying this reality.
Space and color play an important role in my work. I incorporate drips, solid blocks of flat color, and splatters in an attempt to investigate the spaces in the body that are invaded by illness and dysfunction but which also open me up to new dimensions. The organism-like shapes in these works speak to the process of epilepsy and the way it is expressed biologically, taking over the body. In my paintings, color implies emotive as well as meditative relationships between the forms, directing the viewer to relate the work to the body and conveying a realm of possibilities through the incorporation of extremes, just as epilepsy does for those who live with it.