The work in this show revolves around repeated trips to Mexico City and an obsession with the city’s metro. The subway is a fascinating mass of humanity—where several million people a day cross paths—in seemingly chaotic, yet amazingly organized transit. The layers of the metro are littered with artifacts and spirits of Aztec culture that commingle to create a rich “simultaneity”. The shadows, myriad faces, sounds, modern and ancient architecture are all woven into a magic-realist pastiche that has provided me endless inspiration. The seven paintings are a culmination of being in and coming up from the metro. The videos cycling amongst the paintings were part of my recording, capturing, and fragmentizing of the metro experience.
Artistic life in Mexico can be a twenty-four hour roller-coaster of workshops, gallery openings, animated discussion, and artistic interchange—that leads one to believe it is a bona-fide existence. The influence of Mexico, in both color and motifs, are evident in my work. I am interested in simplifying the images, enhancing the textures, and seeing life from a colorist’s viewpoint.