I have worked in the realms of painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, ceramics, and performance. I often make work that connects popular American culture with artwork from past.
My current work consists of portraits of myself, relatives and friends, as well as actors, politicians and newscasters. I draw them on found pictures of art, landscapes, and architecture in old historical books.
My process begins by taking several photos—often discreetly—of a person’s face. I choose one of the photos to use as reference material while drawing. I usually look for a facial expression that is surprising to me—an expression of a particular moment that does not necessarily correspond to the obvious nature of that person. Then I search for the image to draw on. I prefer historical images from used books because the subject matter, as well as the color deterioration of the paper page, denotes a time clearly different from the present.
I draw mostly with pencils. Sometimes I use charcoal, ink or acrylic paint—primarily when I want to attain a whiter white or a blacker black. Occasionally, I will erase the ink on the printed image in order to achieve a white area. I do intend a likeness of the person, however, the primary motivation for each piece is the psychological implications caused by the merging of two distinct images from two distinct times.