Venturing into abstraction, for me, is a wonderful experience. I get to let go of representation and let my imagination go free, but sometimes I lose my discipline. I started these portraits as a counterpoint to my Maps series. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do a recognizable likeness.
The set up for these is flat and clinical. They are painted in my studio from life. The model stands on a mark taped to the floor while I work on the wall, at an arm’s distance, from my subject.
These paintings resemble my commercial work, more product representation than person. They will be featured in the show along with the maps so that the viewer can attach the person who made the mark to the abstraction.