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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I am interested in the dual nature of existence.  Confining a spiritual being within a fallible physicality is a challenging and complicated arrangement, one that is exhaustively examined in the writings of historians and theologians of Medieval Christian art and literature.

What I have read concerning Catholic Saints has stressed their ability to separate and overcome the destruction of their bodies, sometimes surviving for days after an attempted beheading or walking away unharmed from being dunked in vats of boiling oil.

These stories of martyrdom, torture and temptation demonstrate, in the extreme, the equality of all mankind in suffering.  As Caroline Walker Bynam wrote in Wonderful Blood, “The salvific significance of the saints wounds is something we all share, not that we live or are sexual, but that we can all be hurt.  We all suffer.”

My paintings are not the whole story of the saint they represent.  The works are instead my interpretation of overcoming and reunification.  Some of the saints, in the midst of their bodily destruction, find salvation in humor, stoicism, defiance, generosity, and preparation.

Utilizing contemporary graffiti styles and items of modern fashion the paintings draw a comparison between modern existence and that of the beatified who lived from the 2nd to 11th centuries. The paintings create a psychological space that is abundant with pain but free of panic, the place where decisions of fate and faith are made.  It is my desire to create paintings that seduce the viewer into believing that impossible challenges and trials can be overcome, even by the weakest of us.