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"Abstractions in a Lost Tongue"
This work seeks an intersection
between contemporary painting practice, archaeological sources, multi-cultural themes and the parallel between modern and
ancient civilizations in their penchant for self-inflicted environmental disaster.
"Abstractions in a Lost
Tongue" are inspired by Mayan writing -- glyphs that have been deciphered by etymologists. Among other things, the texts
speak about cyclical time in a kind of ancient software code that the Maya painted on temple walls to keep the Universe running
This series is not about what the glyphs meant as much as what they evoke: a phantasmagoria of luxurious
line, masked glaze, sponged light and perhaps a warning that any civilization can come to its own demise through ecologically
induced disaster, war and over-population.
The paintings are informed by the art of Wolfgang Paalen, Richard Pousette-Dart,
and the early work of Barnett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb, and Jackson Pollock as they used Native imagery as a catalyst for unconscious
association and spiritual renewal through the primitive.