When I first started to paint and feel around for subject matter, rooms were always something that came to mind since they are often in my dreams. I noticed, going over the ‘wall’ sketches, ones that I had done several years ago, were the beginnings of another series called bleedthrough (past). This is a group of paintings about memory, where imaginary objects in large, expansive spaces are in a process of dissolving or decaying with layers of wax being scraped away to get a worn, used effect.

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Here are the very first ideas of ‘walls’.

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"wall III"

“wall III”

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"wall I"

“wall I”

"wall II"

“wall II”

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This one above, being the cross over idea of a factory setting with a ship sitting outside the window lead the sketch below, an actual mill building, in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

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The idea of a dress form was important for this story. I wanted a room of labor with the machine to the left, in foreground, attached to the dress form, a robotic, objective element. Desks in a row are production lined up and the white sheet that hangs from the machine is illustrated with a body laying down and small figures around it, giving it life. The sense of escape or release is the ship, waiting patiently outside, a steady way to transcend into another world.

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“bleedthroughit” 1999

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