Eat What You Want Do What You Can
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All these works are true stories. The stories themselves become irrelevant but the fact that there are stories seems important. I liken this project to made for television movies that begin with a disclaimer explaining that the basic story and events are true but names have been changed and situations dramatized. I've done something similar. Bypassed names all together, distorted and blurred faces. Not to protect anonymity but to imply that these stories are not specific to a time and place but that they represent ideas, questions and explorations that may have a broader relevance. I'm purporting no politic and claiming no wisdom, only raising questions I myself have not answered. The look of this work largely stems from these ideas but is also a result of the influence of several prominent artist. Susan Rotherenberg, Francis Bacon, and Anselm Keifer being those that I am inspired by and borrow from the most. In the tradition of both Rothenberg and Bacon I use a solitary figure placed in an environment that is only vaguely defined. I on occasion use the interior spaces of Bacon and more often the vague landscapes of Rothenberg. Expressive marks that might be likened to Rothenberg's are reserved mainly for the figure in my work.