My work involves a very up-close, scientific examination of absurdly iconic forms rendered in polymer clay. I create paintings of these small sculptural shapes in a manner that blurs the distinction between painting, digital modeling, and photography.
The small clay sculptures I use as the subject of my paintings are suggestive of both adult and juvenile themes. I question the humanity of being “grown up”, by imbuing my forms with sinister undertones.
In contemporary society, more and more of our environment is experienced indirectly through reproductions, and simulations. I want to represent this mediation of experience, by creating art that is simultaneously a photograph, a digital image, a sculpture, an icon, and a painting.
My process involves creating a sculptural “icon” from polymer clay, photographing the shape, digitally altering the photograph, creating a high quality print of the digital file, and then translating this image with paint onto a wood panel.
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