This collection of paintings are the product of my visual investigations of American pop culture. The work attempts to mediate figurative and abstract elements for the purpose of eliciting responses ranging from humor to despondency. Mixing these elements serves to equalize the subjects, thus creating a non-hierarchical context. The work straddles the line that exists in the vast arena between the painting process and picture making.
I set the stage with figurative elements that are rooted in American myth, and alter their context by combining them with images appropriated from abstract painting. The resulting ambiguity is intentional and is meant to allow for a range of associations from specific art historical references, to more vernacular responses.