The Rooms: Interior Space as Mental Space, the Space of the Imagination

 

A recurring theme among my paintings and prints, the

interiors are complex allegories for a constantly shifting

sense of self. As major changes in family and professional

life occur, I often find the simple form of the room to be the

perfect place to explore and reevaluate the past as well as

dream of the future. This series began by incorporating

collagraphs (collage plates) that my toddler helped make.

His loose brushwork and freely collaged textures become

trees, clouds, tables, and chairs within the room's imaginative

space. 

Installation of the Rooms series at Diego Rivera Gallery at SFAI.

 

Room (Prototype) 2010-2011

Intaglio, collagraph, with additions of collage, acrylic, and pencil on paper.

50" by 36"

 

Room #1

Collagraph, engraving, chine colle, and collage on paper.

50" by 35"

2010

 

Room #2

Collagraph, monotype, engraving, chine colle, acrylic, and collage on paper.

46" by 34"

2010

 

Room #3

Monotype on rice paper, collage, inked collagraph plate, aquatint on rice paper , Thai gong.

Overall dimensions 50" by 48" by 2"

2010

 

Room #4

Collagraph, engraving, aquatint, colored pencil on paper.

50" by 37"

2010

 

Room #5

Collagraph, monotype, engraving, aquatint, chine colle on paper.

50" by 37"

2010

 

Views of the Rooms

Aquatint, spit-bite aquatint with engraving, drypoint, scraper, and burnisher

from four plates.

8" by 13" 

2011

 

 

The rooms began as a series of three small paintings begun in 2004.

Depicting a tiny apartment that doubled as a music and art studio, the 

painting symbolized the sense of being physically enclosed yet mentally free.

The psychological space of the interior/mind became central to most of my work.

 

The Chair

Acrylic on panel

12" by 9"

2004

 

Palette and Table

Acrylic on panel

12" by 9"

2005

 

Red Room with Stepstool

Acrylic on panel

12" by 9"

2007