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Motorheads


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Motorheads


The Motorhead series is about the way people find and lose motivation.  Both the internal and external mechanisms which relate to these effects are explored.  I began using the motor as a symbol for motivation as it was completely foreign to the body.  The ability to control devices seems so easy when compared to controlling ourselves.  When we start talking about how and why people do what they do there is a way in which the body becomes stripped away and we become machines.  I did not want to hide that fact, but put it in front of the viewer so that they would be able to react to the process as well as the concept.

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Constructing the Dance


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Constructing the Dance


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Constructing the Dance developed out of many things that I was working on.  The Motorhead series forced me to focus on the figurative form to provide content since the heads were basically blocks without the ability to display emotions.  At the same time I was working with a Life Drawing group.  I was often just working on the same sketch throughout all the poses, which created this sense of movement that I loved.  Also, I realized that as I composed many of my paintings that I was choreographing the figures so that the lines of potential movement would connect and lead the eye.  Again and again I was reminded how much we express with the body, and that is what I was trying to capture here.

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Punctuated


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Punctuated


The Punctuated series was inspired by my use of punctuation marks in programming and messaging.  These marks originated as a way to add significance to text.  Now they are used to convey entire concepts.  Systems of writing develop as a way to share ideas over space and time, and yet there is also a certain amount of arcane secrecy.  You have to be initiated into the system, or you cannot understand it.  With art there is a similar set of rules to transfer cultural concepts, while at the same time avoiding the obvious.  Punctuation seems to hover between the explicit and the abstract.  It is how we make the world easier to read.