‘I speak and speak,’ Marco says, ‘but the listener retains only the words he is expecting. The description of the world to which you lend a benevolent ear is one thing; the description that will go the rounds of the groups of stevedores and gondoliers on the street outside my house the day of my return is another; and yet another, that which I might dictate late in life, if I were taken prisoner by Genoese pirates and put in irons in the same cell with a writer of adventure stories. It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.’
‘At times I feel your voice is reaching me from far away, while I am prisoner of a gaudy and unlivable present, where all forms of human society have reached an extreme of their cycle and there is no imagining what new forms they may assume. And I hear, from your voice, the invisible reasons which make cities live, through which perhaps, once dead, they will come to life again.’
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities p. 106
I believe there are multiple realities that exist at the same time. I feel that the physical world is not all there is. I imagine many simultaneous events that link together, spilling over, in a highly organized way. Even though everything can seem so utterly random. Perhaps our everyday events fit into something greater and maybe, there is a common thread weaving in and out of the lines of every history there ever was, tying us all together. Perhaps, we are these very threads stitched into a colorful and profound synchronistic quilt.
I am interested in the visual possibilities that result from taking pieces of information that are seemingly not related and translating them into a new image. Within this process lies my attempt to forge connections. Each painting is a single patch in an eternal, endless tapestry. My work borrows from various histories, images, memories, and tales. They are little worlds. I am engaged in an ongoing investigation concerning: rootlessness, collective consciousness, place, time, and the great struggle and triumph of communicating.