I'd like to share the artist statement for the AS220 Show. Here it is:
Two bodies of work are joined in this show. Cast cement tiles and gouache paintings of paisleys. Ideas of decoration and ornamentation are present in both, one adorns an interior space, the other clothing. Pattern is also a strong thread running through the work. Repeating shapes and colors create a visual rhythm. Formally, these two bodies of work are very diferent, yet complimentary. The gray of the tiles sets off the color in the paintings and the curved lines in the paintings contrasts nicely with the hard lines of the tiles.
My interest in cultural ideas of masculinity and men's fashion culture, in particular, was the jumping off point for the paintings. I am interested in the spectrum between simple and ornate, saturated and desaturated, often in tension, sometimes in harmony. Men's fashion is often conservative. Ties are a stark deviation from that rule. It is often the only colorful piece in a man's outfit, the small gesture of style that sets him apart in a sea of navy and tan suits. These paintings are a playful reinterpretation of the paisley ties my father used to wear.
The tiles are made of cast Portland Cement. They have a strong yet quiet presence. They are meant to sit in the space between interior decoration and fine art and have a distinctly modernist flavor in their unadorned simplicity and emphasis on formal concerns.
The histories of interior decoration and fashion have much in common. It is a small part of that common heritage that I hope comes through in this work.