Oil on panel, 2004
24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm)
Collection of the artist
Through my current, in-progress, body of work, which I have been calling Monsters, I have been contemplating a few major tracks of thought:
1.) Over the past year or so, my mind has been fixated on the topics of war and violence. In pondering human aggression and selfishness, I have felt a strong need for humor. While feeling disempowered about my personal ability to directly affect the course of global events, I have frequently felt the simple desire to decompress with humor and to make –"monster-faces"--an illogical and emotional response to illogical and emotional times.
2.) Additionally, in thinking about brutality and human cruelty, I have been reflecting upon the frailty of human bodies and the fluidity of the flesh.
3.) I have been interested in the manners by which human emotion as a general phenomenon is manifested in diverse, individual aspects of human personality and through expression. 4.) Aesthetically, I have been thinking about portraiture, about the tendency to idealize in contemporary portraiture, as well as the historical tradition of grotesque portraits and caricature. I am interested in collapsing the two traditions in order to find something beautiful in the ugly. I sense that compulsion and revulsion are most interesting in the instances where they coincide.