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 tragically upended by World War II.
During the pandemic, I stopped having an overarching concept and returned to an interior view, where I began as an artist; I started painting with an abstracted sense of color and line, focused on an emotional relationship with color and line, with suggested imagery. The pandemic helped to connect me with the present, delving into a very day-to-day focus for my art, reacting to chaos and beauty.
I grew up in suburban New Jersey, my parents newly immigrated refugees from Shanghai and Vienna. I connected making art with place, as a personal and in an art historical perspective, landscape as a central theme. How we interact with history, time, and the environment has been an underlining preoccupation.