Rothko or Rembrandt? Kline or Kalf? As artists or students of art, we can sometimes feel forced to stand on one side of the great dividing line—representational or non-representational. We are led to believe that one is somehow “better” or “more relevant” than the other; even if we do concede that they are equally as relevant, they must never, ever, under any circumstances occupy the same picture plane. While this rigid structure makes for convenient debate, I do not believe it accurately reflects the reality of contemporary art. If we define representational art as the objective view of reality and non-representational art as the subjective view of reality, then in order to accurately depict the human condition, we must be as wiling to include both views in our art as we do in our daily lives. Although this point of view may seem controversial, I believe it springs from a natural desire to combine the various “parts” of our personality into a dynamic, cohesive whole. My mother was an artist; my father was an engineer. Individually, each impressed on me two very different worldviews, one metaphoric, the other literal, and each made it seem as if their way was somehow better. Unfortunately, they were both very persuasive, so what I actually learned was this: different people experience the world differently, some more literal, others more metaphoric, but neither wholly so. As I matured as an artist in my own right, I began the process of uniting these seemingly deviant worldviews. My art expresses what I have experienced thus far—that human experience is neither wholly abstract nor wholly literal. My visual language speaks of the truth of human experience; it illustrates the metaphoric and literal balance that we all share. In keeping with this philosophy, I have devoted myself to expressing this dichotomy through art. I am fascinated with combining the studied objectivity of realistic images, such as figure and portrait painting, with the inner subjectivity of non-representational art. My images express the literal occurrence of a thing, but do not ignore the subjective reaction to that thing. They depict representational figures interacting in the world, but also show these figures within the non-representational fog of subjective human experience that we all exist within. Rather than illustrating these concepts as two separate or opposing sides of the human condition, I have chosen to combine the two on the picture plane just as they are combined in life. The subjective and the objective interact in my work just as they do in reality—together.
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