Work > here is the Place

What does it mean to be here? That is the question I ask myself while I am painting.

I use watercolor, stencils, stamps and freehand writing to create map inspired paintings that question our sense of knowing exactly where we are and challenge conventional notions of space and time.

We live in a world that is mapped all the way from outer space right down to our front doors. But my paintings are “counter-maps” because, unlike most cartographic maps that depict borders and boundaries and delineate specific areas (land, water, etc.), the "locations" on my maps don't exist in the real world. The labels on my maps allow me to tell stories (or poems) about the spaces between: between place and thought, between space and time, between the external world around us and the internal worlds within.

By dissolving the boundaries between one place and another — without distinction between time, space, water, sky and memory — my maps create a bridge between spiritual places and physical locations. The title of my most recent body of work, here is the Place, plays on the fact that the Hebrew word for 'the Place,' ha-Makom, is also one of the Hebrew words used as a name for God.

ACCELERATING
watercolor on paper
36"x42"
2019
what is ENDING and what is BEGINNING
watercolor on paper
36"x48"
2020
here is the Place
watercolor on paper
2020
here is the Place, detail
watercolor on paper
2020
perhaps the mist
watercolor on paper
12"x24"
2019
this MAJESTIC canopy of AIR
watercolor and ink on paper
12"x24"
2019
the humility to listen
watercolor on paper
12"x22"
2020
UNCERTAINTY and the Unknowable Present
watercolor on paper
19"x27" (framed, 25"x32")
2020
BEYOND the BOUNDS of THOUGHT
ink and watercolor on paper
36"x43"
2020
BEYOND the BOUNDS of THOUGHT, detail
ink and watercolor on paper
2020
layers across time
watercolor on paper
2020
the known world
watercolor on paper
8x8
2020
Stories of earth and stone
watercolor on paper
11.5"x11.5" (framed)
2020
time according to water
watercolor on paper
5"x7"
2020
starlight falling
watercolor on paper
6"x5" (unframed), 10.5"x11.5" (framed)
2020