Barry No. 1, 2016, 43.5" x 33.5" (8" x 10" ea), Watercolor on Arches

As a representational artist, I have always been interested in depicting the everyday with a subtle psychological charge. Recently, I have been shifting my practice in a new direction, one that explores the physical presence of psychological states of mind: the relationships between mind, matter and its manifestation in the world around us. 

Through research into the psychology of hoarding and OCD, quantum physics, and eastern philosophy, I have begun to question what our physical reality is made of and how it comes to appear as it does. By investigating the various approaches we have taken to define our existence, I am seeing the relationship between the mind and our physical environment in new ways. 

As my first foray into exploring these concepts, I immersed myself into two environments that exemplify the relationships between our minds and the objects around us: the homes of hoarders and people with organizational OCD. Through these experiences, I have come to see physical surroundings as a projection or manifestation of the mind. By making paintings based on the compelling imagery I have garnered from these environments, I am not just representing these people’s possessions; I am painting portraits of their minds.

 

Catherine No. 1, 2016, 56" x 38", Oil on Linen

 

Ed No. 1, 2016, 60" x 40", Oil on Linen

 
 

Catherine No. 2, 2016, 32" x 32", Oil on Linen

 

Harold No. 1, 2016, 76" x 56", Oil on Linen

 

Sara No. 1, 2016, 42" x 56", Oil on Linen

 
 

Stephanie No. 1, 2016, 56" x 42", Oil on Linen