My art has been much influenced by the materials, balance and grace of Asian calligraphy. I don’t know what the characters mean, but I love how they look.
I use many layers of sumi ink, paper and rabbit skin glue to build a distressed, uneven texture. Torn and broken black lines create a tense, awkward balance.
Language Series expresses the difficulty of communication. Black lines look like words, but they don’t say anything.
Nerve Blocks show the strained and shattered nerves that happen in life. Things fall apart.
Line Bombs remind me of the violence and disruption of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how war has taught the powerless and dispossessed that anything can become a weapon. The days are full of hidden bombs, and the lives of innocents are torn apart.
Darwin's Trees are a reflection on Charles Darwin’s own ink drawing of the Tree of Life. He used it as a visual representation of his great theory of evolution – that species diverge from common lineages. Yet the branches are broken, misshapen, and most species become extinct.
Causation uses the intersection of black lines and circles to show the chain of life. Causal relations are everywhere. Each event in our lives is connected to events of the past and present. Often, the causal chain is very complex and hard to identify. Sometimes, it’s one big mess.