My work swings back and forth between abstraction and figuration. Grids and figures come and go, back and forth. Abstraction represent macro and micro, the cells inside and the stars outside. Figures are closest to our perceptual access and color ultimately carries the forms. The paintings tell me what they're about, but only after the fact. There seems to be a narrative but only obliquely. It's mysterious.
As an undergrad at Temple University I studied western and eastern philosophy, as well as art history. One of my professors was Richard Demartino, a student of D.T. Suzuki, the great Zen master. He had great stories about life in a Zen monastery in Japan. I was obsessed with old Zen painters like MuChi and Sesshu. Another artist I studied and collaborated with was Turkish born artist, Bilge Friedlaender. She introduced me to Agnes Martin, Bonnard and Jiddu Krishnamurti, a philosopher teacher shaped by the ancient Indian philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. We collaborated on book projects and performance art centered around the theatrical ideas of Artaud and Beckett.
I went to Hunter College for a masters degree in studio arts. Under attack for the paintings I was doing, I started making blurry pinhole photographs that looked like paintings. I wanted to avoid the technical fetishism of photography. With no focal range in pinhole imagery the pinhole also has an important history as a way for people trapped in dark places to access the outside world.
In 2003 I met a man called UG Krishnamurti who was living in what he called the natural state. I became his caretaker for the last 2-3 years of his life. After that I spent 5 years writing a book about the experience as I continued to wander back and forth between India, Europe and America.The ideas for most of my work these days come from that experience and notebooks and sketchbooks kept during a 10-year period of wandering around the globe from 2005 to 2015.
In 2015 I settled back in Brooklyn to try and reconnect with the art world. When the pandemic hit I shifted to a friend's farm where I started carving from fallen trees what I paint and draw and think about.