By blending abstraction and representation, I’m interested in the opposite-but-equal power of obscurity. Inspired by Michelangelo’s “Unfinished Slaves”, I disguise the subject matter and embrace ambiguity in order to address the power and politics of omission. By emboldening the omission, censorship becomes an obvious visual language, for the viewer to interpret. This brings the viewers way of seeing into play and challenges the cultural history and willingness to decipher the work.
In working with manipulated artistic gaze across modes and media, I hope to say something larger about the insistent materiality of visual art. The foundational craft of art provides the bridge between the artist’s mind and that of the viewer’s. It is up to the artist and the viewer both to mediate and explore the transmission.