Adrift

Rowboat, 2018, oil on panel

Orange and Green, 2018, oil on panel

Adrift, Installed, Augsburg University, 2018

Adrift, Installed, Augsburg University, 2018

Wall (Umbrella), 2018, oil on panel

Pink Ocean, 2018, oil on panel

1,000 Steps, 2018, oil and collage on panel

The paintings in Adrift deal with human migration and, in particular, the global refugee and migrant crisis. I felt morally obligated to make work that might add to the compassionate and sympathetic viewpoint supporting refugees seeking asylum and safety. As Susan Sontag points out, “the western memory museum is now mostly a visual one,” and for reference I used media images as inspiration or repurposed them by fixing them directly to the panel or canvas. This practice allows me to work within the conversation that already exists. The “seams” between the borrowed photographs and the painted surfaces are meant to be evident. Using photographs as an element in the work allows me to honor their existence, power, and gravity. The painted surfaces re-orient the original photos towards a more dream-like space where a reset or pause button can be hit that allows for reflection where shock and horror once reigned. 

Raft, 2018, oil on panel

Waiting, 2018, oil on panel

Pair, 2018, oil on panel

Figure, 2018, oil on panel

Adrift (left panel of triptych), 2018, oil and collage on canvas, 60” x 48” each

Adrift (right panel of triptych), 2018, oil and collage on canvas, 60” x 48” each

Adrift (center panel of triptych), 2018, oil and collage on canvas, 60” x 48” each

Adrift (rowboat detail, center panel), 2018, oil and collage on canvas, 60” x 48” each

Home, 2018, oil and collage on panel

Adrift, Installed, Augsburg University, 2018

Boat (Ochre-Green), 2018, oil and collage on panel

Untitled, 2018, oil and collage on panel