"In the imagination, everything can be restored, everything mended, wounds healed, stories ended." H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi embraces impermanence, with all the beauty and longing that it suggests, and is based on the understanding that everything in our world is mortal – people, animals, plants, and objects. In that spirit, my work focuses on the transitory nature of time and memory, celebrating subject matter drawn from my daily life and rooted in the senses.
This on-going series of paintings are portraits of absence, focusing on objects that are simulacra and referencing painting's trompe-l'oeil tradition within a contemporary context. Acknowledging the workings of time and the inevitability of loss, I see paintings as acts of embodiment in the face of the ephemeral.