Ink and Gesso on Fabriano
340cm x 150cm
I can’t get away from churches. The severe piety of my youth, though now left behind, guides me to monasteries and chapels, where I find myself kneeling before altars and lighting candles, participating in religious traditions that are not mine and never were, but which lend themselves to reflection. This enduring fascination with sacred spaces filled with rituals has brought me to my current artistic practice. My work is an exploration of the personal rituals with which we construct our own realities and create meaning therein. I have created a meditative practice that utilizes a minimal range of materials and repetitive processes. In a previous life, I pored over scripture, kneeled in prayer, and pondered the state of my soul, yearning for a connection with a higher power; now, I cast and hack away at endless iterations of the same plaster cylinder, fill expanses of paper with tiny painted squares, and draw thousands of circles, still seeking a connection, but with something inside myself – a higher power in its own right.