Consisting of two parts, an installation and a series of prints on paper, this piece can be seen as a physical entrance into the realm of my work. The full- size figures are first painted on silkscreens, then printed onto translucent fabric with paper underneath. The prints on paper adorn the walls, much like my other 2D works, while the fabric prints are assembled throughout the space, allowing the viewer to walk amidst the figures. This accentuates a primary concept behind my work, that of individuals in communities both great and small and their interrelatedness, a subject that is convenient to ignore in the general and overwhelming preoccupation we have with ourselves when private intellectualism is held above emotional connection.
When the words of Genesis pass from literal description to metaphorical concept, Creation becomes a direct and personal experience rather than a historical account. The separation of conscious light and the dream dark, of mystical water and the secular firmament, the naming of things by man in a world without language, all of these actions we recapitulate in every moment of our being. My experience of Genesis, Chapter 1 Verse 27 is eternal in the sense that the creation of Man is not a moment in time, but rather, it is the ever occurring event of which time is made. Man steps into existence through every moment of waking life, vertically from chaos, an elemental explosion from water and fire.
The relationship that exists between object and setting is a subject that I explore in this series. Featuring the portrait of an elderly woman from East Berlin, I use the repetition inherent in printmaking and the variable nature of my work to discuss the way in which an individual and his or her environment are both relevant and irrelevant, defining and confusing, to personal identity. As regards the woman of this piece, the polarities exist in clearly painted portraits with obvious context to heavily abstracted images where the borders of subject and background are eliminated. These two ideas and the spectrum between can be likened to a scientific documentation of any two substances undergoing the process of emulsification.
The optical chiasma is the place in the brain where the right and left optic nerves cross in route to the cerebral hemispheres, distilling two separate images into one with accurate perspective.