Production in my studio was on hiatus from 2008 to 2011 while I did full-time graduate studies towards a Master’s degree in Art History. I thought about painting every day, my own as well as that of the three artists who were models for my thesis, but to produce works, I did not have the ‘timeless time’ in which projects are best generated, nor the singular and intense focus needed to carry them out.
When the thesis was submitted I returned to the studio; cleaning, repairing and repainting walls, and stretching canvases. I was curious about where I would begin after such a long break. Would it be where I left off, working with variants of the orthogonal grid, a form that had served for more than two decades as supporting structure for ongoing exploration of the expressive possibilities of colour? To my surprise I found that in the simple process of getting my studio ready, decisions about the work that was to come were being made without my conscious direction.
The vertical colour spaces of the first two bodies of work, the Breathing Space paintings and the installation, the Breathing Space Room, (found closer to the bottom of the scroll) are near relatives of the orthogonal grid, but their form addresses the body of the viewer more directly. Other ways of foregrounding the language of colour and playing with the grid are also being explored, and the path (or paths) forward remain a mystery, as they should.
For this section of the website I decided to go against chronological order to keep the most recent works at the top of the scroll, as I have done with the gallery installations section.