"Sweet the Marrow"
Oil on Canvas
36'' X 24''

Narrative.

Marrying my interest in Minimalism, and Literalism, NARRATIVE uses hand-painted words to create a form in an expanded field of imagery. 

The oil is applied in my handwriting, or stenciled. Variance of stroke, pressure, speed, material, surface, color and size collide to arrive at a unitary character. 

This reflects my own confessional and personal interpretation of the words. There is no hierarchy or focal point, just repetition and rhythm.  The physicality of each jumble alludes to the emotion and the energy that the literal readings convey. 

The overlapping words may beg deciphering, but cryptography is not the goal.  Just as notes appear to dance on the staff line, the words make a statement beyond their literal meaning.  The kinetic energy of the handwritten word, taking a corporeal shape and status, conjures a new interpretation.

 

As my Narrative series of work evolved, a variation of paintings that are starkly readable emerged. Instead of purposefully illegible words, the prose takes a bold stance addressing the human condition, and social issues. The viewer is almost forced to read the words, as they are so pronounced within these paintings.

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“Indescribable, John Lewis”
36.5” x 28.5’’
Mixed Media on Panel
2021
 
In awe of John Lewis. I wanted to contrast the monumental injustices that he endured despite his unwavering practice of non-violence. His Presidential Medal of Freedom covers his mug shot necklace. I wrote his final valedictory message on his jacket. And because he was so patriotic, despite multiple beatings, I added the words RED, WHITE and beaten black & BLUE.

"Greatest Project of All"

Oil on Canvas

60'' X 48''

"569 Agonizing Seconds in May"
Oil Pen on Canvas
53'' X 40.5''

"Seeking"

Oil on Canvas

36.5'' X 28.5''

"Ode to Elijah Cummings"
Oil on Canvas
25'' X 16.25''

"Life That is Waiting"

Oil on Canvas

56'' X 44''

"VIRUS"
Mixed Media on Mat Board
18'' X 20''
I prefer to accentuate the positive but this is an exception. The former president perfectly fits the definition of virus: a corrupting influence on morals or the intellect; poison.  Background is partial list of Covid deaths from the NY Times. 

"Believe in Your Fucking Self"

Oil on Canvas

35'' X 23''

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