Artist's statement about the Marathoner images

 museum of fine arts, boston

museum of fine arts, boston

 

I strive to create multi-leveled work which encourages a variety of visceral responses, such as archeological or architectural associations, while maintaining an image that is ultimately related to the human form. The marathoner image was derived from the form of a runner from the waist down. It is a metaphor for human resilience.

I work impulsively in order to get to the unconscious, then refine and build the painting. The marathoner image was conceived in the act of painting, not preconceived. In order for the work to be accountable to the forces on my life, not just echoing styles which don't resonate for me, the image needs to be as specific as possible and at the crux of my own experience while asserting itself into the viewer's space in a psychologically aggressive manner.

Ultimately, I feel the paintings are heroic images which invite close scrutiny as well as direct confrontation. They are in part lodged in illusionistic space, as defined by the creamy paper, with the object emerging out into our space and thereby speaking to the difference between painting and sculpture.