February 14- March 8, 2015
Over the past ten years I have spent almost all of my time in the studio making meticulous small-scale abstract paintings. Inspired by daily life, art history and religious traditions such as Zen Buddhism and Quaker Christianity, this work explores contemplative spiritual experience. Like many people today I want to define my own spiritual path and I do so by borrowing from multiple theological, literary and artistic precedents. Subsequently, my goal as an artist is to create a personal iconography that is intended to be shared with others; I want to make lyrically poetic objects that evoke a sense of deep intimacy and mystery. The paintings shown here are a part of this exploration. However they differ from my previous work in that they also examine this very urge itself. Specifically, they address my semi-secret obsession with the square as a sacred principle, the iconographic center of my spiritual practice.