I am compulsive. I like everything in my life to be precisely organized. If an object is out of place, I will notice it, and promptly move it back into its ‘correct’ position. Analysis of my own behavior was the catalyst that launched my investigation into the psychological relationships between our minds and the objects in the world around us.
Over the last four years, I have researched the psychology of hoarding, OCD and mental health, and gone into the homes of people affected by these conditions. The knowledge gained through my interviews and the thousands of photographs I take while in their homes, have become integral parts of my process. By creating artworks based on these spaces, I have come to see our physical surroundings as a manifestation of the psyche. My paintings are more than representations of people’s possessions, they are portraits of their minds.
I create several bodies of work based on these concepts and title my works with the names of the individuals whose homes I have visited. My “Hoard” series is based on my visits with those affected by hoarding disorder. Although these paintings are depictions of real environments, I find abstraction within them. My “OCD” and “OCD Diagram Series” both explore compulsions in pursuit of perfect order and represent the idealized state sought after by the minds of those affected by organizational OCD.
My goal with this work is to actuate a visual language which represents the workings of the human mind, taking abstraction and realism in a new direction. Although my paintings engage with aspects of realism, abstraction, and minimalism, the mental processes I depict require me to seek out a different set of visual archetypes. Blurring the lines among these genres, my work explores and makes visible the relationships between physical reality and the psyche.