Fumage is a process of drawing with smoke. I often begin by cutting a very detailed stencil using low-tack tape applied directly to the paper. I drag a flame across the exposed areas, leaving a thin, delicate layer of soot. I build up layers to create darker focal points and leave behind some scorching or, in some cases, burning which gives the work a physicality that speaks to the method.
Snapshots are paintings rendered over photo transfers onto wood panel. I transfer my photographs to the wood panel by printing them with an inkjet printer onto wax paper, where the ink stays wet and can be pressed into an absorbent surface. The transfer process allows the texture of the wood panel to show through and creates a coating rich with imperfections and surprises. Brush strokes further obscure the clarity of these skyscapes, giving them a dreamlike and ethereal quality. This interplay between photography, which suggests a particular time and place, and painting, which creates a world apart, invites the viewer to indulge in daydreaming.
Four False Starts
Again and Again and Again
Dawn to Dusk
The Future Was Wide Open
Now I Lay Me
Down to Sleep
That Sweet Dream
Inspired by my participation in the book, Millennials Speak. Essays on the 21st Century. This collection of essays are first-person opinions of young writers on a wide range of topics facing the globe today. In thinking of what brought together such a diverse set of themes, I focused on how our words might be points of clarity amidst chaos.
A temporary mural created at the Catholic University of America using powdered graphite and charcoal over the period of a month.
Flocking Wall Drawing
Timelapse video. Watch it come together.
Wall Drawing Detail 1
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"...in flights which opened a tunnel through the wind would pass to where birds were breaking open the dense blue air - and there, night came in."
- Pablo Neruda
Based on flocking formations of starlings, these drawings seek to capture mood and motion in charcoal and graphite.
Pencil drawings looking at the interconnectedness of a flock of birds and the shapes they form.
Skyscapes framed by 100-year old reclaimed windows.