This series began during the pandemic, I stopped having an overarching concept and returned to where I had begun as an artist, to an interior view; I start each painting and drawing with an abstracted sense of color and line, focused on an emotional relationship with rolling and marking planes of color juxtaposed and submerged with suggestive linear forms. The pandemic helped to connect me with the present, delving into a very day-to-day focus for my art, while reacting to on-going chaos and beauty.
My project-based work has focused on landscape in the broadest sense, approaching place in a variety of concepts and mediums. I have painted bucolic imagery on metal from detritus; I have painted the same imagery, largely from the New Jersey Meadowlands, from life and from its corresponding satellite view, addressing privacy and personal views. I have merged imagery of my hometown from memory and newly-taken photographs, attempting to make sense of the confluence of time and memory. I have used family photographs of my grandparents on their final vacation in the Austrian Alps before their lives were upended by World War II by creating matching images and drawing from these images. How we interact with history, time, and the environment has been the underlining preoccupation.
I grew up in suburban New Jersey, my parents newly immigrated refugees
from Shanghai and Vienna. I connected making art with thoughts of place,
as a personal and in an art historical perspective, landscape as a