My process is to assemble a retrospective of vintage sources such as photography, wallpaper clippings, film posters and other ephemera, layering them in the tactile context of collage. These collages then serve as sketches that I translate into oil paintings on canvas that appear to be collages, but are not. This faux-collage painting technique creates the feeling of stacks of torn documents or crumbling monuments.
By layering historical textures and imagery, I highlight how the rise and fall of humanity’s various eras relates to our place in the environment. Birds land on what appear to be collapsed, abandoned monuments. Like us, birds occupy the Earth for a short time. Unlike us, they leave nothing behind. Themes touched on in this series include nature’s fragility, mortality, nostalgia, free association and ontological play.