Compulsion /  June - July 2016 / Salomon Contemporary / New York, NY

Compulsion 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. 

Building upon my research, 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.