I investigate time in drawing, painting and sculpture. To embed a visible record of time into the creation of an image, I alternate and partially superimpose painted and penciled marks, or cut across wet paint with wood blocks, experimenting with simple principles including younger-over-older and younger-cuts-older. Visible traces of earlier time intervals may be obscured by events occurring in later time intervals. Works exist on a continuum between mystery and enlightenment: only physical evidence of time's passage may be provided, requiring deductive reasoning to unravel a sequence of events; or creation history may be revealed in the title, for example, or shown plainly via numbering of pencil lines by time interval. Concerns include events in my life and the world, the human desire to investigate and understand, grieving my late father, and the experience of living with and caring for my mother, who suffers from dementia.
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