These series of mixed media works teeter between edges: the edges of representation and abstraction; of living and inanimate; of intimate and impersonal; and of architecture and feeling. Different spaces can cause different emotional reactions in people. Simple tangible decisions like color, materials, light, proportions, can cause very different and strong feelings. Intangible feelings, throughout history, are characterized and localized in one’s “gut.” Whether it is the excitement of a first kiss that causes “butterflies” in one’s stomach, or the feeling of being “sick to my stomach” due to unpleasant news or sights, feelings are always characterized as coming from the “gut.”
This project seeks to explore the area between the intimacy of one’s “gut” and the architectural aspects of a constructed space. The materials and forms I use connote construction materials and modern architectural forms. Each geometric shape, while architectural in nature, is a still life of a gastrointestinal organ. The works include watercolor on wood paintings as well as works made up of screws and wire on wood. In progress, are a series of architectural scale models—3D renditions of the same organs painted.