After spending time with the work of Philp Guston this week I was reminded of the radical shifts in my own work. The painting I have reproduced here was done a few years ago when I was exploring a different way of making paintings that allow a free associative way of creating a composition. These paintings use woodblock prints and random pieces of cloth and ephemera to create a texture of images and patterns that are then painted on. I have always enjoyed the rich textures of time worn and battered antiques that tell the story of something that has been well used over the years. These paintings are coming from that view of beauty.
These pieces also speak to a desire to build connections between things and ideas. I am taking things that may not have an obvious link or any real similarity at all and creating the connection by shear force of putting fragments together on the same picture plane. In doing this I am really trying to make sense of my own life that so often feels little more than a big jumble of broken pieces and half done projects. When I make one of these paintings I have that fleeting feeling that for short lived moments life does have meaning and things do happen for a purpose.