“No Place Like Home” fuses elements of realism with the language of contemporary art and street culture. The images are drawn from scenes I found in my daily life while walking the streets of Brooklyn. They are inspired by marks people have left on the city: discarded objects, wheatpaste posters, and graffiti. In the ever changing, gritty landscape of New York, one moment in time is captured. Like a collaboration with the city, my voice joins the layered conversation of street art and culture.
Fragments of paper and posters are depicted, referencing the flatness of drawing, while simultaneously alluding to the history of realism and tromp l’oeil. The works explore the language of drawing by superimposing traditional portraiture with a wide variety of seemingly spontaneous and ephemeral-style marks. Suggestions of spray paint, stencils, and drips are illustrated in the drawings. Illusionistic representation of graffiti dissolves into my brush work and the materiality of graphite.
The still lifes evoke the figure while hinting at a larger narrative. "Wig in the Weeds” was the first in this series, which was inspired by a long, curly wig that that I discovered amidst the dandelions. Like forensic evidence left at a crime scene, there is both an attraction and repulsion to these discarded objects. That tension and complexity continues to and inspire me and my work.