I am interested in the practice of documenting specific moments in time captured through drawings and paintings of individuals with whom I share physical space.
This body of work depicts moving crowds of people in train stations, schools, supermarkets, social events, and political rallies. The most common method in which I engage these crowds is to stand in one place discreetly photographing people as they weave their way around me. I will then manipulate the exposures digitally, cutting and pasting people from different photos into one composition in order to fabricate a crowd that I find interesting. Through the meticulous construction of these images, I consequently attempt to deconstruct the crowded chaos and forced cohabitation of urban life, as well as the resulting prejudices and misanthropic tendencies that can occur.
The titles attributed to my works are the culmination of diligent note-taking and documentation of memories (real and imagined) that I share with the subjects or setting. More recently, I have asked some models to participate by having them perform stream-of-consciousness writing in an effort to inform the painting.