I’ve always been fascinated with small scale models of buildings, their interiors, and of cities and theater stages. When observed from above, they seem like alternative worlds -- a removed, god-like, perspective. This fascination with models led me to take a stage design course at the University of Texas where I previously studied Studio Arts.
Building 3D models in my studio is a fundamental part of my work process. It is a way of thinking, of drawing with physical objects. I build the models with cardboard, paper, all sorts of recycled materials, and other found objects. Lighting is carefully controlled. Once complete, I make the paintings by observing the models.
My work represents imaginary landscapes and interiors -- often inspired by current events and by the human experience. There are no people, but there’s an underlying narrative, the suggestion that the places depicted are the setting for a story. It is for the viewer to imagine that narrative.