As a representational artist, I have always been interested in depicting the everyday with a subtle psychological charge. Recently, in an attempt to better understand my own psyche and neuroses, I have made a shift in my practice as an artist to explore the relationships between mind, matter and its manifestation in the world around us. In essence, this new work investigates the physical presence of psychological states of mind.
Through research into the psychology of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, hoarding, quantum science, 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 one of my my first forays 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.
“A man's Self is the sum total of all that he can call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house.” William James’ prescient words are especially relevant in today’s society of insatiable consumerism. With this new work, I hope to encourage a public discourse about our psychological relationship to our belongings, and the implications of that relationship to consumption and our sense of self.