Gold

Gold

The ritual starts with the application of the gold leaf upon the panel. It is a multi-step process that involves sealing adhering sheets of gold leaf to a wooden panel.I see the gold surface as a stage, room, or another dimension. The gold is a vehicle in which to navigate different worlds, offering transport across the river Styx as Charon provided for the dead Greeks or Mahaf offered ancient Egyptians as they moved to the afterlife. The reflectiveness of the gold orients the viewer by creating an awareness of their juxtaposition to and within the world that the painting inhabits.

The gold encapsulates the scenes where figures writhe, bend and dissolve into one another. It is here that the action takes place. Inspired by Greek vase painting and modern life explosions of paint teeter on the brink of abstraction as the characters emerge. Sex, love, and Death are often the themes. Like the vases these works are tied into Cultural beliefs and practices of our modern times. They act like platforms or stages for the existential dilemma to carry on.