The concept of home and memory is a recurring theme in my work, with food preparation and consumption being essential components. Food not only sustains us but is often the framework upon which memories are made. In The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard tells us that the most firmly fixed of our memories is the childhood home. I am fortunate that my childhood home included freshly harvested fruits and vegetables from a large backyard garden. In fact, searching for the elusive perfect Cherokee Purple tomato every summer may have been my Waterloo. My mother, being a child of the Depression, would can and freeze what was left after sharing with neighbors, allowing us to enjoy the fruits of her labor even during the winter months. Nonetheless, she would occasionally incorporate convenience items that a 1950s era food industry made possible through the local supermarket. Although the industrialization of our food production had already begun, both the origin of our food and its composition were much simpler concepts. Today’s food landscape is far more complex, with ambiguous provenances, misleading labels, and romantic images that deceive rather than inform, and the ramifications extend well beyond our kitchen door.
Based in Austin, Texas, I am a painter, photographer, and mixed media artist with a BFA in Studio Art. I am interested in redefining the still life and agrarian landscape to more accurately reflect the confusing nature of providing sustenance in today’s climate. A reinvented vocabulary of images, often repeated, are reduced to simpler forms, line and color that are layered and embedded on one another leading to larger worlds of chaos and complexity. These often settle into dualities of opposites such as light and dark, sharp line meeting organic, and known versus unknown.
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