Coffee Talk Artist Statement
Simple shapes fascinate me. In paintings I use shapes to create interlocking patterns by the way I place the elements on the canvas. These patterns bind everything together into a unified whole. I believe this is a metaphor for the way we live in the world. We live and move through space, carving it into interesting shape patterns every time we shift, relate to an object or come into the presence of another person. These interconnected shapes unify us with our surroundings and the people we are with.
One of the places where I like to watch this interplay of shapes is in coffee houses. There people of all ages, shapes and sizes gather to commune with one another, a book, or a screen. The in between shapes bring us all into the same picture plane, creating a whole. What I propose to do is to capture this interplay of shape relationships in a series, Coffee Talk, and exhibit the paintings in area coffee shops so that the visual metaphors in the canvases will be mirrored by the people in the actual place.
This series was made possible by a 2012-2013 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant for the
Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artist Program.