This series of paintings focuses on spaces around people and my associations with the concept of space, while at the same time exploring texture, brushwork and line. For the past few years, I have become more aware of this idea of space and my connection to it. I struggle with taking up space as a person and not shrinking myself down for others’ convenience, closing the relational space between myself and other people in my life, inhabiting spaces both physical and metaphorical. This fascination with relationships has led me to be interested in proxemics, a theory of nonverbal communication that describes how humans perceive and utilize the space around them to achieve communication goals.
Pushing into an expanse beyond the edge of the canvas, I want to create depth and texture. Taking influence from Cy Twombly, twisting gestural lines disappear and reappear, representing communication and depicting how relationship dynamics fluctuate. Masses of color, similar to Clyfford Still’s organic shapes, project outward from the canvas as they create boundaries or become points of reference by which to measure visual distance.