My work explores the perceptive and psychological effects of color, the role of geometric abstraction, and the aesthetics of leisure. I am intrigued by the various design motifs that are implemented to promote a sense of ease. In particular, I’m drawn to the recurrence of particular themes that can be found in vastly different movements of art and design, from Rococo to Memphis.
Using the architecture and interior design of these spaces as a starting point, my practice is rooted in researching the design histories and color choices found in places of leisure, and how they influence human psychology. I’m struck by the evolution of these concepts and society’s inclination to create new frameworks for things that seem quite simple upon the surface: stripes; stucco; pink. What once was vulgar is now tasteful. What is fashionable or subversive was undoubtedly appropriated from elsewhere.
I use highly pigmented, matte acrylic paints that create a smooth, velvety, unreflective surface, while incorporating elements of rough organic texture made with pumice and sand. Color is utilized as a device for pointing towards particular references, ideas of taste, and optical effects. Titles are an important element of my work; each one is directly lifted from design books and oral histories of resort communities. Through the act of painting, my aim is to create works that playfully question the notion of the endless vacation that is the goal for so many of us.