Gesture I and Gesture II, diptych, oil on canvas, 2013
Gesture I and Gesture II are part of an ongoing series of paintings that investigate the ambiguity of body language, once it is uprooted from its context. The gestures I source—my own or ones observed—are simple physical positionings of the body that involve self-touch. These gestures are particular instances of unconscious communication that have resonated with me in memory; yet, I am intrigued by the manifold interpretations and associations one can derive from them. Allowing little more than the gesture within the frame, the image sheds its original context and gains an expanded potential for interpretation that no longer relies on the original circumstances.
These paintings are a result of my curiosity in the representation of the human form and its ability to communicate even when abstracted or taken from context. I collage representationally painted forms to interrupt the illusionary space and context of the original subject, By representing the body in isolation, the visceral impact of the life sized limbs and features is increased when they are arranged in abnormal situations or abstractions.