I grew up in a small town in central Mississippi where an abandoned Girl Scout camp sat back in the woods behind my parent's house. As children, we explored the dilapidated structures that were being swallowed back into the earth by vine. Occasionally, I found a weathered object like a bottle cap or canteen that would send a cold rush of humanity down my spine. Did this once belong to a child like me? Where are they now? Are they still alive? These moments of observation, where the real and the imagined dissolve into a kaleidoscope of pasts, presents, and futures, are essential in the narratives of my work. These pictorial inventions manifest through the physical act of painting, in the dialogue of addition and subtraction, a struggle between marks on the canvas. The great dualisms (good and evil, love and hate, life and death, creation and destruction) are revealed in the mundane. There is a bottle cap hidden way back in the woods in a small Mississippi town that will show you the universe.

 

SOUTHERN GEOGRAPHIC
May 7 - May 28, 2016
Opening Reception on Saturday, May 7 from 6 to 8pm

Wally Workman Gallery
1202 West 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78703
512.472.7428