Why should an appeal to visual form be arbitrarily cut off from other forms and modes of perception? We are all multisensory beings capable of absorbing multi-media solutions to aesthetic problems. But with information coming from so many competing forms and sources, stimulus may quickly become overload. For better or for worse, we need to look through some form of frame or structure to make sense out of this multi-dimensional world and find our balance in it.
In my artistic process, I reach out for connections and correspondences among many forms: music, poetry, narrative structure; sculptural forms or assembled objects; visual images, words, and architectural or environmental cues. The challenge is to wade through many possibilities and find some way to grab the viewer’s attention and prolong a moment of expectation and uncertainty. My goal is to hand this moment over to the viewer along with tools to help her reconcile it.
By drawing on multiple artistic languages, strategies, and sensory pathways, I hope to generate ambiguities that slow down and frustrate the viewer’s search for coherence. In this gap, the viewer enters into the creative process, re-discovering her own agency in the search to recognize contradictions, contain conflicts and regain the patience to live within the paradoxes and uncertainties of our times.