paintings volume 1

Based on my exploration of 19th-century vernacular penmanship, these works contain vestiges of elementary mark-making. Alphabets, signatures, equations, doodles serve as counterpoints to my looser treatment of line, edge and space. The text is merged into the overall atmosphere of the paint, resulting in works evoking both landscape and pages of books. While we think of doodles as free from any rules, one can see an indelible residue of proper penmanship. The tension between forced conformity and unfettered meandering plays itself out in these paintings.