Artist Statementvacant [adjective] : having no contents; empty, void My work documents and explores the aesthetic qualities of the 16,000 vacant properties located in Baltimore City. I work with oil paint on small-scale canvas in order to translate the façade of these abandoned and decaying buildings into simplified abstract forms using the physicality of the paint and other elements such as color, shape, and texture. The small scale serves as an invitation for viewers to become more intimate with each painting; To study the image and question what has been omitted, exaggerated and otherwise communicated about each place through the visual cues I have chosen to include. I am interested in the narrative of each place that my work represents; What each building once was, what it is now, and how/why that transformation occurred. I hope for each viewer to consider this narrative as well, and determine how it relates to the effects of abandonment, decay and gentrification within their own communities. Manipulation and abstraction of the original place plays an important role in this dynamic between the artwork and the viewer, while also allowing me to explore the formal and instinctive aspects of painting and my own personal perspective and interpretation of each subject.
2011 BS Art + Design, Painting Towson University, Towson, MD
2013 MAT Art Education University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD