With oil paint, I am using a combination of minimalism and trompe l’oeil to create a body of work. My subjects are different surfaces from my past that have built who I am as a person. Whether it is a memory of a paint peeled wall or a marble floor, I keep the presentation of these surfaces very minimal. I experiment with the shapes of support and manipulation of material. Sometimes, the canvas is cut to resemble an object or paint is built up to mimic a texture. The materiality of the work gives the viewer a more visceral connection to the subjects.
Who I am is greatly influenced by different recollections of my culture, family, and friends. I recreate textures and surfaces to represent a memory or lesson I have learned with each surface. I want my audience to appreciate and find the beauty in an everyday object that they would usually take for granted. Through my exploration, I’ve learned to appreciate subtle effects these depictions have had on my life. I am drawn to the idea of minimalism. It’s simplicity breeds contemplation, but within this simplicity, I rigorously examine every detail of my work. This combination of reflection and examination raises my understanding of who I am.